Hi, Dr. Sears:
My daughter is 9. She received all the recommended shots at the recommended times (I was uneducated about vaccines at the time I had her and trusted what my doctor thought was right). Since then, I have learned a lot more about vaccines, and wish I had been more selective. I am concerned about damage to her immune system as she will be genetically prone to autoimmune disorders (I have two of them myself) and she already has allergies.
Now, her school has sent home a note saying she will not be allowed back in September without receiving her varicella booster. I was planing to execute a philosophical examption letter, but my husband is concerned about her not getting the shot. He worries that she will be more vulnerable to chicken pox, or that it will be more dangerous to her, since she had the first varicella shot (as it wears off, he is afraid she will be extra vulnerable to developing a dangerous case). Is that true? Can we safely skip the booster or should she receive it, having received the first shot?
Thanks in advance!