Bit of a spin off from the flu vax thread.
Genuine question, but what sort of percentage of people out there present at their GPs, hospitals etc with the very thing they are vaxxed for?
I don't want to have a pro/anti vax debate, but I'm curious as to what sort of protection certains Vaxx's offer?
I'm not anti-vax at all, especially coming from a family of Dr's & nurses who are very pro-vax. Obviously flu has different strains, so the vax only offers part protection, which is definitely better than none.
Specifically, I'm talking about MMR and chickenpox vax.
Eldest DD & I had chickenpox vax when she was starting daycare, and I unusually hadn't had it, despite matron at school sticking me in sick bay when someone had it, so I'd get it over & done with while young, but figured I had natural immunity.
Sure enough, 4mths after being Vaxxed, both DD and I got chickenpox lol.
We all have immunity to Rubella, except youngest DD. She had a severe allergic reaction to the first MMR, so we were told to wait and try when she was older. She is due to try again soon.
My eldest DD contracted Rubella last yr, which is extremely rare. We ALL got it..not badly, but still there...except youngest DD. I was very, very lucky, as I was 24 wks pregnant...any earlier it could have been a lot different. My immunity was checked at 9wks, and it was high.
I discovered later that it's actually so rare to contract Rubella nowdays, that my GP was supposed to notify Department of Health. He was actually pretty laid back about it, but I still contacted the antenatal clinc to cancel appointments for obvious reasons, and kept us all isolated.
At the clinic later on they felt that it couldn't possibly have been rubella, but did a blood test to check my immunity in comparison to my previous test. The result was sky high, which they said mean't I would have had it, as my natural immunity had risen so much.
DS was ok thank God, but it was incredibly frightening.
I know that with a lot of vaccines, such as the flu one, often result in still getting the flu, but at a much milder level. But Rubella I thought was fully effective, so it was a huge shock for those of us vaxxed to get it, but DD who is not vaxxed was the only one who DIDN'T get it!
Early on in the pregnancy I saw another case, and it was a 13 yr old girl....who was the same age as my eldest DD who contracted it. She was at my local chemist with her mum, and I had just walked in the door. A staff member grabbed me and pulled me outside, and they disinfected all the counters and door before I could go in, as I was pregnant.
So MMR, whooping cough and the like, are there different strains the vax doesn't protect? Is it common to still get those things, but just a lot less severe?