Sorry I am still stuck on measles being considered mild... kids can die from it. It can cause serious complications. A cold is mild. Measles is not.
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04-02-2014 09:32 #11
04-02-2014 09:34 #12
Ok first up, you only have to ensure your status is current with family assistance to ensure you get full benefits, you do not have to vaccinate to get them.
I have just started my boys on a slow as possible catch up schedule, yes we will be getting the varicella vaccination.
04-02-2014 09:36 #13
There is a reason this vaccine is on the schedule and provided free of charge.
It's just as much about protecting adults from infected kids as it is about protecting the children themselves. As pps have pointed out it can be devastating for adults. But even children can have serious complications from cp even if it is extremely rare so why risk it if there is a safe vaccine available? Also, it is an illness and it is horrible to go through it so why not prevent your kids from the same?
And having chicken pox as a child is no guarantee that you won't get it again as an adult. My mother caught it several times.
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04-02-2014 09:45 #14
You can only get shingles as an adult if you have had chicken pox i wouldnt want after nursing patients with it. The pain in your nerves is soul destroying for some and you can have it for 2 yrs and require narcotics to control the pain along with anti depressants and various nerve medications no way would i want it.
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04-02-2014 09:54 #15
We vax to the schedule so gave our children the CP one at 18 months. I found it the easiest of the vaccinations with the least after effects.
Sure, when we were children CP was seen as just a part of childhood and no big deal but that's largely because our parents were ill informed and didn't know how serious it could be, and how some children suffered terrible complications or died. Now the information is out there about how dangerous it can be, and a vaccination is available I jumped at the chance to protect my kids.
Chicken pox used to be a part of childhood. It doesn't need to be anymore. I feel so lucky to have had children at a time when so many awful diseases are vaccine preventable.
04-02-2014 10:06 #16
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04-02-2014 10:07 #17
Yes, I had chicken pox as a kid and I got shingles when I was an adult it's wasn't nice at all!! All my kids have been vaccinated against it.
04-02-2014 10:24 #18
04-02-2014 11:16 #19
Yes - I don't see why you wouldn't get it if you are already a vaxxer? No makey sensiballs
04-02-2014 11:21 #20
As for the OP, varicella is a vaxx that I most definitely get for my children and I am a delayed, selective vaxxer.
Now that I am no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, it is also a vaccine I will get for myself, never had CP myself, despite being exposed numerous times as a child (I may have naturally immunity, will discuss with my GP whether to get my immunity checked or just to vaccinate).
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