Chicken Pox Vaccine - Cave Creek,AZ

Updated on August 09, 2011
J.W. asks from Cave Creek, AZ
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My son is almost 5 1/2 and I haven't given him the chicken pox vaccine. My husband and I felt that since it isn't mandatory why put anything else into his little body. Since he is starting school soon I am back and forth about it. I was just wondering if you gave the shot to your kids. If so did they have any reactions?

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Thanks for all of your answers. One of the main reasons I didn't want to give him the vaccine is because it is a live virus. I had a very mild case of chicken pox as a child and so did my husband. I am hoping he gets exposed to it in school and has a mild case like we did.

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answers from Missoula on

You do not have to have any vaccine to get into school. There are exemptions. It's a way of bullying you into getting the shots. It enrages me that they are still doing this to people and not letting you know that there are ways of getting out of the vaccines. I have a friend who had 1 of her kids get the cp vaccine and he ended up getting the cp and it was so bad, he had to be hospitalized. So, the theory that the vaccine will give you a milder form is bull! All of her other 3 boys didn't have the vaccine and they got the cp and did just fine. Don't let anyone bully you into getting a vaccine. There are exemptions in EVERY state.

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answers from Dallas on

I didn't want my kids to have this vaccine. If they were to get CP, I would want them to get it early in life for I hear it's more dangerous to get it as an adult. However, they would not let my kids register for school if I did not have them get the vaccine, so we waited as long as we could then gave it to them. No they didn't have any bad reactions or anything. I wish the schools would not have adopted this rule about getting the CP vaccine. I mean, we all got it as children and we're fine. But, what about those who didn't get it as children and then got it as adults and suffered 10 times as much? I totally disagree with the vaccine.

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answers from Washington DC on

I have not done that one. My daughter naturally had chicken pox when she was 2. My son, is 4 and has not had them yet. In CA it is not required, you can just sign a wiaver and be done. Here in VA (we just moved here 8 months ago) it is required and at first I was told there is no waiver, and if he has to have it to go to school. But, I have switched dr.'s and found one that I like and she said there is a waiver, but they only tell people if they ask for it. She said she is fine if that is my decision, and she will not push me on it. She said when I'm ready for him to go to K (he is in preschool for 1 more year), then she will give me the waiver. I think it's a pointless vax and should be removed. When we lived in CA, my kids Dr. was Dr. Sears. He was an amazing Dr! He is totally against that vax and told me why and that was enough for me to not have my kids get it

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answers from Seattle on

I haven't, will not! Kids are getting shingles now way before the normal onset age of shingles, and preventing chickenpox from occurring naturally sets them up for getting it as an adult which is far worse. There's some good information on dr. Sherri tenpenny's website and and

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answers from Colorado Springs on

I have given it to some of my children before I actually researched it. I would never do it again, and I regret it so much. The chicken pox vaccine was made with an aborted baby.
Also, here is the package insert: which states:
[Varicella Virus Vaccine Live (Oka/Merck)] is a preparation of the Oka/Merck strain
of live, attenuated varicella virus. The virus was initially obtained from a child with natural varicella,
then introduced into human embryonic lung cell cultures, adapted to and propagated in embryonic
guinea pig cell cultures and finally propagated in human diploid cell cultures (WI-38). Further
passage of the virus for varicella vaccine was performed at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL)
in human diploid cell cultures (MRC-5) that were free of adventitious agents. This live, attenuated
varicella vaccine is a lyophilized preparation containing sucrose, phosphate, glutamate, and
processed gelatin as stabilizers.
VARIVAX, when reconstituted as directed, is a sterile preparation for subcutaneous
administration. Each 0.5 mL dose contains the following: a minimum of 1350 PFU (plaque forming
units) of Oka/Merck varicella virus when reconstituted and stored at room temperature for 30
minutes, approximately 25 mg of sucrose, 12.5 mg hydrolyzed gelatin, 3.2 mg sodium chloride,
0.5 mg monosodium L-glutamate, 0.45 mg of sodium phosphate dibasic, 0.08 mg of potassium
phosphate monobasic, 0.08 mg of potassium chloride; residual components of MRC-5 cells
including DNA and protein; and trace quantities of sodium phosphate monobasic, EDTA,
neomycin, and fetal bovine serum. The product contains no preservative.

Yes, that is MSG in the ingredients list, along with residual components of aborted baby cells, including DNA and protein.

Another factor is that it doesn't give lifelong immunity. Have you noticed the increase of shingles,especially in young people? It used to be that only older people with compromised immune systems got shingles, by and large. Why the increase since the vaccination? It is believed that we used to get a "booster" of sorts when we were exposed to children who naturally got chicken pox. We rarely see chicken pox anymore, so we don't get that booster like we used to. So, the wonderful system naturally occuring doesn't occur anymore. We've made a huge mistake with this one. I believe that this vaccine is primarily for the convenience of parents so they don't have to miss work, and to pad the deep pockets of big pharma with the money from this unnecessary vaccine.

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answers from Eugene on

NO. Chicken pox is a mild disease very rarely are there any complications. I think your husband is absolutely right.
I also lied to the school district about vaccinating my kids telling them it was against my religion.

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answers from Seattle on

I've sent you my long sheet on the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine privately. Anyone else who wants it can contact me privately. The short story is:

1. The varicella vaccine is a live vaccine. The virus stays in the body for the rest of your life whether you have the disease or vaccinate.

2. The vaccine has lower immediate risks than the disease, but creates weaker immunity that may wear off in adulthood. The disease has higher immediate risks than the vaccine, but it creates stronger lifetime immunity. The balance of risk and benefit is very individual, and there are a lot of considerations to take into account.

3. Quarantine matters. If your child develops chickenpox, please be very serious about keeping quarantine. People who are on injected steroid medications (often given for asthma and other autoimmune problems) are significantly more vulnerable to varicella, to the point that an accidental exposure should be considered a medical emergency. These people usually look healthy and do not know that they are vulnerable. If you can't keep quarantine, please vaccinate.

4. Since it is a live vaccine, vaccinated children are also very mildly contagious for a few days. Absolute quarantine is not necessary, but it is probably best not to visit hospitals or newborns right after varicella vaccination.

5. If your child does develop chickenpox (with or without the vaccine), please don't give them Tylenol. There is significant research indicating that Tylenol prolongs chickenpox and makes it more serious. It is not clear if the issue is the medication or simply that the fever is an important part of recovery from chickenpox.

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answers from Kansas City on

The vaccine was not available when my soon to be 21 was young. He and his 2 best buddies at the time had chicken pox all about the same time and our son had the mildest case.
Our daughter was one of the first kids in the area to get the vaccine 5 years later when it was available. She did get a case of chicken pox 2 years later which was mild, but so was my son's case without the vaccine. When I called the doc to ask about it I was told that they didn't know how long it would last.
Now, many years later, I would refuse that vaccine. In MY OPINION, as an RN, we are setting up a whole generation of developing chicken pox later in life when the risks of complications are much greater.
I'm not anti-vaccine, but I do wonder and question about all the ones recommended or required these days.

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answers from New York on

My oldest had the vaccine & ended up w/them. She had far from a mild case. They went on for six weeks from start to finish, okay they weren't as bad as when me, my brothers & sister had them, but they were bad enough. Luckily she was in pre-school when she had them otherwise that would've been a nightmare w/the amount of school she missed. I had to say that if we didn't live in a state where it were mandatory, I wouldn't have had my youngest daughter vaccinated. I personally think that sometimes things are best left well enough alone and this is one of them.

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answers from Chicago on

Gave it to 2 so far- no reactions.

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answers from San Diego on

All 3 of mine have had it without issue. I remember having chicken pox as a child. Have a couple scars from it, I am glad I can prevent my kids from getting it ior if they do it will be very mild.

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answers from San Francisco on

Yes, I've given it to both of my kids. Neither had a reaction.
I have two friends who did not vaccinate their kids against chicken pox. Their children all had the chicken pox at the same time. They were all miserable. My friends wished they had vaccinated their kids against it. One of these friends has had another child since, and did indeed vaccinate this time around.

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answers from Anchorage on

My boys had it on schedule, and had no ill effects.

added: People really need to do their research. NO vaccine is made from aborted fetuses. Some cultures are grown in cells that were grown from 2 original fetus hosts collected in the 60s. None of the cells used in the culture growth remain in the vaccines, and no new fetuses have been allowed for research or manufacturing of items since these 2 were collected 50 years ago.

And as one mom pointed out, by allowing him to get the chicken pox you not only risk him not getting it until he is older and can get deathly ill (since most kids get the vaccine these days it is less common to get it as a child), but you set him up for serious complications later in life like shingles.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I had chicken pox as a kid. It wasn't that bad. I was maybe 10 yrs old, so I do remember not feeling well for few days, and those blisters ...
My son had his chicken pox vaccine along with his other shots at 12 months.He got fever but then he generally gets fever after vaccines for a day or so.
The main reason I would recommend chicken pox vaccine is because if your son does end up getting chicken pox , he is at a risk of develoing shingles later in life. The chicken pox virus stays in nerve endings(for all of us who have ever had chicken pox) and can get triggered again resulting in shingles. My dad had shingles this february. Beleive M. it's extremely painful.Nothing like chicken pox. Shingles affects the nerve cells, so pain is excrutiating and affects daily life. My dad never complains about pain , but this pain he couldn't manage at all. He generally hates going to the doctor , but for this he went to so many doctors as none of the pain medications were helping reduce the pain. I had googled a lot about this , hoping to find a way to help him manage his pain. But actually there is nothing other than try different pain medications and see which one works for you. Also, shingles can last for a long time for some people. My dad still has pain 6 months later, but it's better than before. I was reading posts on a shingles forum and read this post from a lady who said she had 2 natural childbirths without any pain meds and she felt pain from shingles was far worse than labor pain. That said a lot. Having seen my dad go through this, I feel getting chicken pox vaccine is the best thing.But then I am generally not against vaccines. I wish I had got one as well. Just my 2 cents.

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answers from Washington DC on

No, but I wish I had just let him have the disease. He will need a booster and probably need another every 10 years or so.
I am all for most vaccines, but I feel some are just being shoved down our throats.
All my other kids had the chicken pox.
Your school may say it is mandatory though. That's why we got the shot.

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answers from Portland on

My two grandchildren had it without any ill affects. One reason to give the vaccine is that if one does get chicken pox, the virus stays in the body and can come out under stress or age with shingles. Cold sores are the same virus as chicken pox, too. So, the vaccine does more than just protect from chicken pox.

Later: Chicken pox can be mild but it also takes lives. If you've had a serious case of chicken pox you wouldn't hesitate to get the vaccination for your kids.

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answers from Norfolk on

I had full blown chicken pox when I was about 6.
My sister and I had them at the same time.
I had pox in my mouth, scalp, inside my ears - every where and they itched like you wouldn't believe.
I remember Mom putting us in the bath tub so she could slather calamine all over us - it didn't help.
More than 40 years later I still have a few scars.
My son was a little older when the vaccine first came out but I had him vaccinated right away.
He's never had a reaction to any vaccine.
There's no way I want him to go through what I went through.
It's a totally miserable disease, and for some it's quite life threatening.

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answers from New York on

If it's not required in your school district, then it's quite possible she'll contract it at school, since many of the other kids may not be vaxed. The only non-required vaccine I ever did was the chicken pox one with my oldest. She had the vaccine at a year, and I only chose it because she was in a private home daycare with kindergarten aged kids who were not vaxed. I felt that at a year, she was too young to have chicken pox, I would not have cared if she was older. By the time my son was born, it was mandatory for school attendance. If it wasn't, I probably would not have gotten it for him. Sure there are reports out there of cases of kids dying from chicken pox, but there are also reports of similar numbers of kids having fatal reactions to the vaccine, so I really think it's an either/or situation. I just wonder if eventually they'll find that boosters are needed, if the vaccine's effectiveness wears off over time, since chicken pox can be much more dangerous in adults.

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answers from Santa Barbara on

I felt completely comfortable giving it to my daughter and she has no reaction. I was afraid I would get them again, I only had have a dozen spots when I was nine years old.

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answers from Milwaukee on

Yes my daughter has gotten it, and no she did not have a reaction besides being a tad tired for the next 4 hours after the vaccine.

The reason for the vaccine, it may help as a child have a milder case as well as shorten the time. The biggest reason is if you never have chicken pox as a child getting the chicken pox when older is very serious if not vaccinated. I know a lot of schools in my area you have to have the vaccine to attend their school.

A friend from the UK came over to the US for a visit. He has not had the vaccine and came in contact with the chicken pox. He spent THREE months with horrible chicken pox, was in and out of the hospital and could not go to work for almost six months. Seriously would you want to put your child at risk to deal with that later in their life? If he gets it as a child fine but if he does not getting it as an adult is very serious.

Also a note about shingles... you MUST get the chicken pox to get shingles later on, it has nothing to do if you have had the vaccine or not. The chicken pox sits dormant in the nervous system, some times it reapears as shingles sometimes it never reapears. I had the vaccine at age 13, got chicken pox (very mild case) at age 15, and then around age 27 got shingles (mild compared to most who get it). My UK friend never had the vaccine, did get the chicken pox when 38 years old (horrible case), then got shingles a month after the chicken pox cleared up.

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answers from Dallas on

Both my daughters had the vaccine. My oldest got a mild case when she was 5. I had it when I was 16 and would not wish it on anyone. Dr. said it was the worst case he had seen. I told my mother I wanted to die. Maybe a little dramatic at that age. But I was miserable.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

That's a nice daughter had it and still to this day has scars around her eyes where the blisters got infected. Her's was really bad. At least it's not one of those life threatening childhood illnesses.

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