Did your kids get the chickenpox vaccination?

@kbkbooks (7028)
Canada
January 23, 2007 1:44pm CST
When my kids were little there was no vaccination for chicken pox. They had it at 22 months and 9 months. They were not very very ill but it seemed to be enough to build up an immunity for them and they haven't had it again. They are now in their teens and healthy like horses. I remember having chicken pox when I was 13. I was really ill, badly marked, high fever, internal sores as well and nauseous. Did you have chicken pox? Did your kids get vaccinated? Does the vaccine actually work?
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@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
23 Jan 07
There was no vaccination for chicken pox when my kids were small. My daughter caught chicken pox from one of my younger sisters just in time for her first birthday. I was 5 months pregnant with my son at the time, and I also caught chicken pox from my daughter. We purposely exposed my son to chicken pox every time someone got it as he was growing up, but he never caught it. I guess he had a built-in immunity since I had it while pregnant with him. My grandchildren have all had the vaccines for whatever is available, and none of them have had any of the childhood diseases that were so prevalent years ago.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
That's interesting, immunity, while in the womb...never heard of it. Pretty cool though.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Wow, that's really interesting. I know that research shows that chickenpox can be deadly to your unborn fetus, so you were very lucky.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Thanks for participating in the discussion.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I am like you and had them twice. I had a very mild case when I was 5 and then again when I was 13. It was absolute misery. I still have a few small pock marks. I did get the vaccine for my children because I was told that even if they do end up contracting it when they are older (if the vaccine wears off) they will have a much milder case and wont have to go through what we did.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
I didn't have them twice but I know others who did.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Oops! My mistake. I will have to pay more attention!
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@selina0625 (1383)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
Yes my son was vaccinate during his first month, thank God for that because I have chickenpox right now, I'm already 31 and because my son is vaccinated I'm just hoiping it's enough for him not to get infected by me. I'll get him vaccinated again when his 6-10 years old so that he'll not get it when his older like I did. I was never vaccinated when I was young and never had the disease when I was young like most people do.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
20 Nov 07
Oh, my! You must be some kind of awful sick. I had it as a teen and was miserable and know a couple other people who had it in their teens. I hope you feel better soon.
• United States
6 Feb 07
None of my kids got this because my son was born in America and they didn't have it in Nevada, I think Chicken Pox doesn't exist in America anymore. I got it in America though! I also had my shots in America for school, all of them and none was for chicken pox. He got chicken pox here in the Philippines though before he turned 1. My 2nd child was born here in the Philippines and didn't get it either, she got chicken pox about 2 years ago and it wasn't so bad. Shots are expensive here so I probably won't have my 2 year old get it either. Chicken pox is not so bad really as long as you know how to take care of the kid when they have it. Don't give them showers and make sure they don't have electric fans facing them.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
Thanks for your participation. Good advice.
@krysy1982 (1042)
• United States
2 Feb 07
My kids have had the vacciniation. My oldest two did have a light case of it. I had chicken pox when I was a child.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
3 Feb 07
Thanks for your comments.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Once your kids get the chicken pox they won't get it again.. it can live in their body and show up as Shingles later on in life-- but not the chicken pox. I wasn't going to get my daughter the chicken pox vaccine because they say it only works for 10 years and then you need a booster shot. I am also against what they use in the chicken pox vaccine (one of the things)-- and if the shot didn't work and she caught the chicken pox when she is older-- it could cause her to become sterlie and if she were pregnant-- she could miscarry. So? I didnt know what to do-- but after a lot of research and talkign with my Dr. I ended up getting the shot.. because my daughter has eczema and she has had Staph infections in that 2x-- so with her sensitive skin-- I didnt want to take the chance of not getting the shot & then if she did get chicken pox and a Staph infection in that-- it could be deadly. So-- I did the shot. I hope the vaccine works.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Interesting information, thanks.
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
I wish mine had gotten the shots both my son and younger daughter got the disease when i ws nursing them, so only got a very light dose and didn't build up an immunity and both got them again when they were older. My poor son had them the second time at age 14, He had them so bad that they were in his throat and up inside hos urethra andcould not go to the bathroom. They had to hospitalize him and catheterize him. Luckily he was old enough that he knew not to scratch so he has only a few scars. My grand kids got the shot, and none of them has had the disease yet.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I understand that. I had them in my urethra and in my esophagus and in my a few other choice places. I didn't end up in hospital but I was in pretty bad shape. I think the older a child is when they have it, the worse it is.