Originally Posted by jessjgh1
So of if the antibodies are present, you are immune... but if it shows negative, you may or may not be?
That's what I understand it to mean.
This is another way that it was explained on my group, by a woman who got this explanation from a family member who works at the cdc:
"The explanation I got (easily explained) was that chicken pox, like many other viruses, goes into a dormant state at the base of the spine. The body keeps it in check with it's "immunity". This happens with many viruses. Human Pap., Herpes simplex, CP, hepatitis, etc.......
This immunity is measured as a "titer". As a person's body gets older titers wane if they do not come in contact with the virus that they are immune to. Of course we hear of children having shingles, and these are few and far between, and may have other physical factors involved.
Example: Traditionally, extended families lived in one household. You may have generations in one home. But today grandparents have their own homes in other states, and such. When a child is sick with something like CP the older generations do not come in contact with the child. Therefore their immunity is not naturally strengthened by being in contact with the offending virus. A result of that is as the individual gets even older (say the 60's and up range) their immunity (titers) wanes just enough for the virus to take over. It moves out of it's hiding spot and causes what we all know as shingles. I think their may be other additional factors like physical illness, overall physical and mental health, the ability of the older body to recouperate, and others that science has not discovered.
Now, the problem is........are our children immune if they do not actually get pox blisters. Well, according the science "no they are not immune". Yet we take our kids to Pox party after Pox party and get nothing. So you would have to think that their must be some immunity there. Will this immunity wane during early in adult hood? It might. But the option, according to science, is to vaccinate every 5 years with their vaccine full of chemicals. So the vaccine isn't any better.
I think that if we try to expose our children several times, and they don't get it. Then, we shouldn't worry ourselves too much. After their bodies have done their growing. Our children, as adults, have the option of vaccinating or having their titers checked. Or, if you have a child that is older and willing to have blood drawn. Request that they have titers checked."