question about childrens shots

United States
September 17, 2009 8:59am CST
i have a question my daughter is going to get her shots today but i am going to refuse to let them give her the chicken pox shot because last time she got it she broke out in hives and swelled up but when i talked to the dr about it they seem to think that her reaction to it is not a big problem would you have your child get it again knowing that she/he broke out in hives and her eyes and leg swelled up ? or would you tell them there is no way that your child is going to get that shot again.
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@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I'd probably go find another doctor and explain the reaction to them and see what they say. If she has an allergic reaction to the vaccine it could be dangerous, so no, I wouldn't get it until someone gave me some answers. Besides, getting chicken pox isn't really that big of a deal!! It's not life threatening so long as you get it when you're a kid.
• United States
17 Sep 09
thanks , i mean when i was a child they did not have the shot for that i had the chicken pox, i have a new dr so i will explain it to her and tell her i am not going to put my daughter throught that again when there really is no need for it , its not a deadly thing so i am not willing to hurt her for that shot. thanks for your thoughts.
• United States
17 Sep 09
Some schools require ALL vaccinations prior to enrolling though, so you'll want to ask and make sure that she won't be denied entry into school for not getting this vaccine, or if there's an alternative she can get.
@GardenGerty (126884)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Chickenpox does kill children. It also causes brain damage. A second opinion is good. A divided dose might be good. I know I am in the minority here, but I believe the vaccination is appropriate, with some considerations. Ask a second doctor.
@GardenGerty (126884)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I would ask about giving her benadryl in advance, and I would get it. Chickenpox sometimes kills children, and it leaves scars that can be there for life, and brain damage as well. If the reaction did not cause her breathing difficulties, she would be okay, I think. Especially since your doctor seems to think it is okay. She is older and larger now, should have less reaction.
• United States
18 Sep 09
i gave her benadryl last time and it made her even worse but i talked to the dr today and she not due for it for a couple years but they said sence she had a bad reaction like that she will not get it and i should not have anything to worry about sence sh got her first one.
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@dorannmwin (36651)
• United States
17 Sep 09
As a parent you have the right to refuse any and all shots that you see fit. That said, I would definitely tell the doctor and nurses that your daughter will not be getting the second dose of the chicken pox vaccine. If the doctor tries to refute you that right, I would make sure and tell them that you daughter will not be coming back to their office. In the end, you are her mother and mother always knows what is best for her child.