A.A. asks from Phoenix, AZ on January 18, 2007
Chicken Pox - Phoenix,AZ
We have decided to not vaccinate against chx pox and always just assumed that our kids would pick it up somewhere the same way we did when we were kids. But since every child is forced to vaccinate before entering kindergarden the virus just isn't out there anymore. My oldest is going to kindergarden next year and I really need him to catch it, give it to his brother, suffer through a rough couple weeks, and move on safe from contracting the virus again in his lifetime (except for rare circumstances of getting it twice.) I am looking for a Pox Party in Phoenix or anywhere around here. I have heard they exist, but my attempts to find them have been unsuccessful. Anyone out there have anything encouraging to tell me? Please? All I need is one child with the virus to touch mine.
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I appreciate everyone's advice. I do understand that the pox can be cought twice, but it is rare. I would much rather them have it while they are little and take the chance of them getting it again. My reasoning behind not vaccinating is simple, there is just too much junk filling up our kids. I try to weed through what we belive they need. The vaccine for Chx Pox wears off so the risk of getting it as an adult is high. I have talked to doctors and peers at lenght about this. Mainstream doctors want to see you vaccinate, against everything, because they are big business and big business are driven by one thing...money. And I was under the impression that the rules of signing wavers for school exemptions had changed. We have been signing that waiver all through his pre-school years, but for kindergarden I heard they made it manditory last year. This is something I will have to look into. I would still like them to contract th virus now, as opposed to later. I have a scar above my eyebrow from Chx Pox and I look at it as my only battle wound, like I am tough.
So, like everything, it comes down to what we personally feel is best for our children, what we believe to be truth, etc. So if anyone wants to share Chx Pox with me, i would apprecite a response from you. If you want to tell me to vaccinate against the virus, of course with good intensions, please understand that I am set on this.
T.W. answers from Phoenix on January 20, 2007
Ok sorry to say this but you must be insane, I myself didn't get chicken pox until I was 16 and I went to every pox party my mom could find when I was little, but never got it then. I got both of my girls vactnated and is it a decision i will never regret. My girls won't have to suffer like I did. What kind of mother wants to see there children suffer. Please don't take offence I understand that every one has there reasons for doing things, but the chicken pox strain has mutated from what it used to be and now days it could cause alot more problems for your children. The risks for getting it out weigh the risks for not.
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J.H. answers from Phoenix on January 20, 2007
I'm not really sure what your reasons are for not vaccinating, but my boyfriend had Chicken Pox twice as a child and developed shingles, which is very painful. You might want to reconsider your choice. Why expose your child to a disease and suffer, when they can be vaccinated against it?
S.F. answers from Phoenix on January 20, 2007
Are you sure you want to do this? Chicken Pox is not a harmless disease. It can lead to scarring, infection, shingles and rarely even death. I respect your decision not to vaccinate, but why purposefully expose your child to a disease he may otherwise not ever catch? It is worse to catch it when you're older, but that isn't the whole story. I would suggest you talk to your doctor at length about the pros and cons before making this decision.
A. answers from Phoenix on January 19, 2007
I have not heard of these parties so I can't help you there. Just FYI though, I had the chicken pox as a child but contracted it again in High School. They say it is rare to catch it twice, but it can happen...I'm living proof. Just a heads up that your boys may not be completely safe from contracting it again.
J.H. answers from Phoenix on January 29, 2007
My parents were military and we had every vaccine under the sun, even ones for going over seas. my mother let me play with the kids next door hoping i would get them. i never did, until I was 18 in high school working at a pharmacy with all the sick kids with their parents and boom i got them. i have scars as well from it and my senior year I had marks all over. i am fine now. its is your choice to not vaccinate, its also my choice to send my son to a school were all the other kids are vaccinated. Sometimes like my case a kid can play all day with a kid with the virus and not get them. It is a strange virus, why some do and some dont. There are steroids in our meats that have accelerated the growth of our kids, pesticides on produce, dyes that are harmful, preservatives that are bad for our little ones, the air quality alone isequal to a pack of cigerettes, and not to mention fast food and sugar kids end up eating. Vaccines and modern medacines are good for our kids because the world is already polluted with junk that we voluntarily give freely to our kids but dont know what harm will be done in the long run. Maybe theres a Rubella or Polio party out there. Those diseases arnt just some bumps and a fever.
L.E. answers from Phoenix on January 19, 2007
I don't know of any parties.
I never vacinated my son and His Kindergarden year just at the end of Christmas break he got chicken pox. some kid had it at his school before the break. He didn't suffer too bad and is over and done with it. He missed a few days of school after break.
hope you find that party.
T.R. answers from Phoenix on January 19, 2007
Hi, I definitely know what you're going through! Schools however do not force you to vaccinate! You can get a waiver, it's really easy, you just let them know you've chosen to selectively vaccinate. Simple as that, you fill something out and that's that. Check it out, I'm sure all the schools are the same, I can't imagine one being different from the next.
Now I must say; chicken pox CAN be caught twice or more..... I had it as a little girl around 6 or 7 (I was never vaccinated for it)....I got a strong case. Just two years ago when my second son (he was 1 and a half) got it...I did too.....It was really a nuisance, my chest, arms, inner thighs, and stomach itched like CrAzY... So you CAN catch it again.... although very rare.... I have a relatively strong immune system, needless to say later that year I hard strep throat 4 time in row.... That year was a nightmare, I've never been so sick and haven't since...*Thank God*. Well Anyways that's off the subject. Just wanted to let you know there ARE ways around the system, you just have to be persistant. God bless, I hope I helped in some way.
Hey as far as Chicken Pox parties look online at Mothering.com or a natural granola mom site, you'll be sure to find one.