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    Default chicken pox vaccine

    Tell me what you know about it. Did your kids get it?

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    Mine did. My niece got the vaccine, but later got the chicken pox. She got a very mild case.

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    Mine did, I didn't see a good reason not to. None of the kids had a reaction and chicken pox are no fun. Also, now that most kids are getting vaccinated, chicken pox doesn't spread through children as much any more and if I didn't vaccinate the kids and they came across it as adults they would be much sicker.
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    It wears off. They'll need a second does. Many people don't know that. Without the second does they increase their chances of acquiring the pox at more dangerous times like their teens/young adulthood. My kids didn't get it.
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    Mine got it. At first I thought, why would I vaccinate against something we all had as kids and we survived? But then I found out they
    can carry it to people who can get a hell of a lot sicker if they catch the virus -- like friends' kids with transplants, or old relatives like
    great grandma, and that's a lot mre serious than what we had as kids.
    That made it worth it to me.
    I didn't know they needed it renewed, but I will ask my dr about that next time I'm there. I'd redo it.
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    I didn't because it was still pretty new 8 years ago when my oldest could have got it (he was one of the first few that could have gotten it free, my friend's baby is 6 months older then DS1 and it was $120 when she bought it for her son). I asked my Dr. about when boosters would be needed, etc. and she said they still weren't sure exactly how long it lasted but thought boosters every 10 years like tetnus likely. I'm not against boosters, I'm against something they aren't sure about.
    My oldest ended up getting chicken pox when he was 10 months old. I worked at his daycare and it went through everyone. Because it was newer only about half the kids were vaccinated (I was surprised by how many parents at the time payed the $120 for the vaccine). The child (18 month old) who had it THE WORST (he was plastered) had gotten the vaccine and his parents were so upset about it. My other three children got chicken pox three years ago with no complications and have been exposed at least one other time to the virus while contagious and have been fine.
    If my kids had not gotten chicken pox by a certain age I may consider it to attempt to avoid getting shingles as an adult, but I don't like unnecessary (in my opinion) vaccines. We don't do the flu shot either.

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    All my kids have or will have it. I considered opting out with DD1. It's "required" now for school entry which makes the decision easier.

    We don't bother with flu shots (though might get them if there was someone was immune compromised).
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    DD is fully vaccinated but we chose to opt out of the chicken pox one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a_bun_in_the_oven View Post
    It's "required" now for school entry which makes the decision easier.
    What???? I totally missed that.
    Mine are all still school aged (grades 6, 8 and 11).
    None of mine have this vax, nor will they be getting it - all three have had chicken pox.

    Am I going to have to jump through hoops now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogomom View Post
    What???? I totally missed that.
    Mine are all still school aged (grades 6, 8 and 11).
    None of mine have this vax, nor will they be getting it - all three have had chicken pox.

    Am I going to have to jump through hoops now?
    Never mind - I had to look through a mountain of information but this only applies to children born in 2010 or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogomom View Post
    Never mind - I had to look through a mountain of information but this only applies to children born in 2010 or later.
    Just like every other non vaxing parent i am sure they can get an exemption done
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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingpretty View Post
    Just like every otyer non vaxing parent i am sure they can get an exemtpion done
    I figured that - I just hate all the hoops I feel like I have to jump through to accommodate the government.
    I did some delayed vaxes, but they are up to date with the "mandatory" one's - they just don't need the chicken pox one because they are immune already.

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    What SP said... you can still fill out the form to be exempted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogomom View Post
    I figured that - I just hate all the hoops I feel like I have to jump through to accommodate the government.
    I did some delayed vaxes, but they are up to date with the "mandatory" one's - they just don't need the chicken pox one because they are immune already.
    oh I agree. when D was in her last few months of school before I began homeschooling I got an email "reminding" me she was due for hep B and the HPV vaxes I replied with a "reminder" that not only was vaxing my choice but they were not required vaxes anyways.

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    What I've read is that it might wear off, especially if they aren't exposed to the wild form. After what I've read we will definitely be getting it! Thanks ladies.

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