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Chicken pox Vaccination

Posted by ;-) on December 19, 2002 at 03:09:48:

I had a bloodtest to check my immunity to chicken pox. I have no antibodies to chicken pox.

So i am considering get a vaccination done tomorrow morning. My nephew currently has chicken pox, and being the festive season, I want to see my family for christmas but no can do till I am immune. My doc says that getting chicken pox as an adult is much worse than as a child, so I really dont need to deal with that either.

Is this ok for my health? I dont think I have many options right now.



Re: Chicken pox Vaccination

Posted by ;-) on December 19, 2002 at 13:14:00:

In Reply to: Chicken pox Vaccination posted by ;-) on December 19, 2002 at 03:09:48:

Anyone know how long it takes for the vaccination to work? Like can I be around my nephew straight after I am vaccinated?

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Re: Chicken pox Vaccination

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 20, 2002 at 14:03:43:

In Reply to: Chicken pox Vaccination posted by ;-) on December 19, 2002 at 03:09:48:

Hi;-

A large % of people have a subclinical case of chicken pox when they have it and develop immunity without knowing it.

Ask your doc to order you an immune titer for CP. Let us know what you learn.

Walt



Re: Chicken pox as an adult

Posted by W on December 22, 2002 at 14:36:58:

In Reply to: Re: Chicken pox Vaccination posted by Walt Stoll on December 20, 2002 at 14:03:43:

My daughter had chicken pox when she was five and I was waiting with baited breath for my other daughter to catch it, but she never did. She didn't catch it for years even though kids in school did, so out of curiousity I had her tested and the pediatrician was the only one who wasn't surprised to find that she had the antibodies in her system. So she had the chicken pox without anyone ever realizing it. It must have been an extremely mild case for no one to know. But it also probably means that she doesn't have a lifelong immunity and may get it again someday.
By the way, if it makes anyone feel any better, I got chicken pox when I was 27 (before the vacine), and it wasn't any worse than the case that my kid had. It started out with the most sudden attack of a strong "cold" that abruptly stopped hours later. The next day I woke up feeling fine but with spots, starting on my stomach. For the duration I felt fine, just looked bad, for 11 days. The "mother pock" which was the first one I had on my stomach took the longest to go away, but when it did it left no mark. So it doesn't have to be dangerous when you get it as an adult, but I do think immunizations are a good idea.



Re: Chicken pox as an adult

Posted by Miss Bliss on December 22, 2002 at 19:14:02:

In Reply to: Re: Chicken pox as an adult posted by W on December 22, 2002 at 14:36:58:

I have just been tested for chicken pox as a member of the family has it, and with Christmas being around the corner, I want to be able to spend it with the family.

So I went to the doc and had an immunity test done. I have no antibodies to the disease. I was advised that if I ever plan to have a family in the future this is something I definitely want to consider vaccination, as it can be very harmful to the unborn foetus. So I ended up getting it done. I figured that I would have to get it done eventually as I wouldnt want to get it whilst pregnant.

My sister who is pregnant at the moment, has just contracted the disease, and has to take tablets now because of it. I was so worried about her and the baby. Still am. But what can you do?! Luckily, the baby is due in January, so there should be little harm done.

I think personally, Its better to be safe than sorry when it comes to babies. I wouldnt want to put mine at risk, by not getting immunized. Many here on the board would probably tell you different, but this is my personal stance on the matter when it can affect an unborn child.



Re: Chicken pox as an adult (Archive in immunization.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 23, 2002 at 10:56:05:

In Reply to: Re: Chicken pox as an adult posted by W on December 22, 2002 at 14:36:58:

Thanks, W. & Miss.

Just because the individual has a subclinical case is no reason to think that her titer would not be high enough to prevent a recurrance.

If I were at child bearing age and had a negative titer, I believe I would get a vaccination as well. What was your rubella titer (Miss)?

Walt

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Re: Chicken pox as an adult

Posted by W on December 23, 2002 at 19:50:48:

In Reply to: Re: Chicken pox as an adult posted by Miss Bliss on December 22, 2002 at 19:14:02:

I agree with you - better to get immunized than to take the risk of getting chicken pox while pregnant.

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