I struggle with this too. I never got chicken pox, and my parents had me vaccinated at 16 back when it was just a single dose. I've had my titers checked (years ago) and it shows I'm not immune. Now I have a toddler (and one on the way) who I don't want to vaccinate against chicken pox, however I worry about getting it myself if they have it. Has anyone out there had chicken pox as a 30 or 40 something adult? If so...how was it?
ME!!! Got the shot, not the booster at age 27 after having my titers checked showing no immunity. Titers checked 5 years after the shot showed low immunity (but still considered immune) My kids and myself were exposed, kids didn't get the pox, I did. It was pretty bad as an adult, but it was the scariest "knowing" there can be complications as an adult. I didn't have any but it was miserable. If you come down with them, you will NEED someone to take care of your kids for you, I had a fever, headache, nausea, loss of appetite (lost 7 pounds), the itching was bad, but only for a day or two, plus you don't really want to scratch because it hurts. My kids then caught it from the prolonged exposure to me, they did fine one bad day/night each. I was glad to have had it prior to them, to show them that I had made it threw ok, I also had the chance to find out what gave relief from itching.
BTW, my family got a horrible stomach flu the week after the kids recovered from the chicken pox. When asked which was worse, my six year responded that the 24 hour stomach flu was WAY worse then the chicken pox. Chicken pox was just boring.