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    Default Varicella (Chicken Pox) jab - Yes or No?

    Our boy is due to have his Varicella jab soon, and I'm not sure which way to decide. My sister and I both had chicken pox as kids. My sister vaccinated her kids but chose to opt out of the chicken pox jab. Our boy's had most jabs except we opted out of hepB at birth, and rotavirus - both I felt unnecessary.

    I know that your centrelink payments are linked to full immunisation but I'm not too bothered about that. I've also been told that the varicella jab will protect you when you are older against shingles - has the varicella jab been around that long that they can prove this?

    Just wondering what people think. Yes/No, why? Thanks.

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    Yes, my friends husband died from chickenpox, he caught it from his kids. This was in the uk before the vax was introduced.

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    Chicken pox as child is generally a mild self limiting illness, chicken pox as an adult can kill you. I've seen a 36 yr old man in intensive care with multi organ failure due to chicken pox....

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    I find the whole concept of chicken pox vax silly really. When i was a child and one of my friends had chicken pox we were encouraged to play with them so hopefully we would get it. Yes it can be dangerous in adults but in children its usually mild. So TBH, if one of my kids friends has it ill probably try and get them to get in while they are young. That and measles and mumps.
    Call me a bad mother if you want but i really think its better for kids to get these illnesses when they are young...obviously not whopping cough etc. Just the mild ones.

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    We all got chicken pox as kids and I was 11 when it did the rounds of my family. I had 7 weeks off school, missed a whole term. I was covered in spots but also had a terrible fever that lasted for weeks, my mum said she'd never seen me that sick before. It's not always just a few spots. I vax my kids.

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    I would get it. Why have your children suffer through an illness that could be prevented?
    Nothing is worse than seeing your child be miserable and suffer.
    I didn't realize it can be so severe in adulthood. .. so for that reason alone yes I would. What if your child gave it to an adult? And they got seriously sick.
    It's not a mild childhood disease. I don't think getting the needle for it is 'silly'..clearly not silly when two posters here have said they know someone who died from it as an adult and another who ended up in organ failure.

    Loislane... measles is not a mild disease either. Not only can this sufferer be completely miserable they can get brain damage, deafness. . lifelong issues that affect their health and development. Measles is very serious. And can affect the wider community. . pregnant women or the elderly too. Far from mild in my opinion.

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    I don't even know why you wouldn't? If you are a vaxxer anyway I mean. Of course none vaxxers wouldn't, because they deny science and all. There is a woman who was a member here, whose daughter caught it as a baby and went blind. I honestly don't understand why anyone would risk it to be honest.

    Loislane, I don't think anyone would call you a bad mother, uninformed maybe. Someone who doesn't understand how vaccines work maybe. Someone who doesn't realise how dangerous diseases like measles can be maybe. But a bad mother, no.

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    Jeez, seriously, how can anyone think measles is mild? 1 in 5 will develop complications, one in 15 pneumonia - and that is in developed countries.

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    There is a shingles vax available now. I'm considering getting it, shingles sounds horrid.

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    I caught CP as an adult, was exposed over and over and over again in childhood and never caught it. It totally ruined an overseas holiday fro me, not to mention how ill I felt - that was bad enough - shingles sounds so much worse!!

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    It's absolutely miserable. I might look into that jab for myself too. I NEVER want it again.


 

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