Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Chicken Pox

One day last year I was talking to my students... we were talking about something most of us had experienced, and I asked how many had gotten chicken pox. I expected all of them to raise their hands. NO ONE DID!!!! I was shocked.

Now I have twins and am questioning the chicken pox vaccination. It hasn't been around for very long and I have read that they aren't sure if the vaccine will last through adulthood. If a person gets chicken pox as an adult it can be SO much worse!!!

What do you think? Should I have them get the shot? Would it be better to just let them get it like we all did?

Another worry is that my husband hasn't ever had chicken pox. Could he be immuned? Or, could either getting the shot... or letting them get the chicken pox be worse?


Pann said...

Hi - thanks for dropping by and commenting on my photos!
Concerning chicken pox... I know MANY kids who were vaccinated but got the pox anyway.
I think I had my kids vaccinated as I pretty much went with all of my doctor's recommendations, but if I had to do it over, I probably would have passed on the chicken pox vaccine.
I had it as a kid, and it was lousy, but it was also a kind of rite of passage!

Nichole said...

My uncle had chicken pox as an adult, and apparently it was 1,000 times worse than having it as a kid. Possibly because he couldn't lounge around at home eating Popsicles and watching TV until they went away.

(Really, it took a long time for him to get rid of them.)

Heidi said...

My opinion don't get the vaccination. No reason to put un-needed chemicals in their perfect little bodies if they are likely to get it anyway. As far as for Brett, the same virus that causes chickenpox- Varicella zoster- can lie dormant for years, then resurface as shingles in adulthood. Maybe he already has it. Shingles is usually only serious for adults if they have a weakened immune system, such as, a person who has AIDS or a drug induced suppresssion. Otherwise, they have a milder case. Brett is SO HEALTHY! his immune system is like a fortress!
Therefore: I rest my case.

don said...

My mom said that I only had one Pock. The doctor told her he didn't know if would keep me from getting it in the future. I've also heard that I could get Shingles later. I've heard that can be very painfull and hard to get rid of. So I don't know what my status is.

KarenO said...

Hi Courtney, thanks for visiting my blog :) I had chickenpox as an adult and I was verrrrrrry sick. There is a saying that you should rather be sorry about the things you did than the things you didn't do. So if it were my children, I'd go for the vaccination. But here is a great article about the pros and cons of it, so you can decide for yourself :) http://www.drgreene.com/21_510.html

Dragon Eyez said...

I'm sure by this time you have either decided to give your twins the shot or not, but I wanted to stop by and let you know my thoughts.

I'm against a lot of man made things (like microwaves and precessed foods) that we just don't know for sure if it does or doesn't do damage to our bodies. Cancer, I believe is a product of these "human advances".

The chickenpox shot has been around for a long time and to my knowledge it has worked for the most part, but in todays world many viruses and germs have adapted to their environment and therefore these shots may not work as well as they used to.

In the end you can only do what you think is best for your children.

Want to read about my Chicken Pox experience?
See it here:

Anonymous said...

hello... i'm just someone who was surfing the net and found this site. i just got chicken pox (i'm 20 and at university) about 6 months ago and the marks are only NOW clearing up (6 months later).... it was really embarrassing and it left a couple scars on my face and body. i really found this a horrible experience, though i tried not to let it hurt me. i mean, it's not terrrrrrrrrrrrrible, like losing a leg or anything. but if you're even a little vain, you would hate having it at 20. ..... um... not only that, but since it cleared up, i've been getting occasional bouts of HIVES, which is apparently an allergic reaction to the virus... i read up a lot about these things online.... the virus apparently never leaves your body once you've had it... so anyway, my advice is to LET YOUR CHILDREN HAVE THE VACCINE. GO TO THE CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL'S WEBSITE AND YOU CAN SEE ALL THE FACTS FOR YOURSELF. IT IS MUCH, MUCH, MUCH, MUCH WORSE TO GET IT AS AN ADULT. I THINK THE BEST BET IS TO LET THEM HAVE THE VACCINE. i only wish that my experience can help someone else avoid the same situation. best of luck.