Mail Order Pox Parties???

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Mail Order Pox Parties???
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Fri, 10-28-2011 - 2:59pm

Oh...this is just gross.

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Fri, 10-28-2011 - 4:59pm
That is crazy! I'm glad my kids got the vaccine. I've never had them and I really need to get the vaccine but it only seems to come up when I'm pregnant and can't get it.
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Registered: 12-30-2007
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 6:42pm

While I would never mail order the chicken pox, we are not doing the vax until the last possible moment. I would rather William get it than the vax. In 5 years of teaching elementary, nearly a dozen students come down with shingles in the school I was at. Seems like the vax is causing kids to miss chicken pox, but get a once adult 'only' disease.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 2:19pm
I disagree with exposing kids to chicken pox. You just don't know how severe it will be. When I had them, I was 5 and it never bothered me except that I had to stay home from school and I was pretty unhappy about that. My sister got them at 12 and had them on every inch of skin and in EVERY orfice (just think about that for a second...). She was sick for weeks. LO got his 1st vaccine at his 12 mo check up and will get the 2nd in a few months. I know it can be super mild, but it can also be very dangerous. I just can't make myself take that risk. And sending items through the mail is just ridiculous. Kinda reminds me of the Europeans giving Native Americans small pox blankets.

I haven't heard about the vaccine being linked to shingles though. That's worth looking in to. I know my cousin got chicken pox even after the vaccine (this was 18 yrs ago, surely the vaccine has changed??). She also has had several shingles outbreaks in her teens. Shingles IS something that can just happen after having chicken pox though. As far as I know it can't really be predicted or protected against. I would think though that if you get the vaccine you would then be protected against chicken pox and in effect, against shingles that are caused by pox.

Manda :)

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 5:45pm
Oh, your poor sister!

I got them when I was probably in 4th grade. I didn't get them bad at all. I remember them being on my stomach and back, but not anywhere else. My sisters definitely had it worse than I did. There are 5 kids in my family, and we all came down with it at the same time. My mom had never had chicken pox, and I remember her being afraid of getting them (she didn't).
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Registered: 05-04-2011
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 7:16pm

That's really, really gross.