Oh, all right Mosaic…..
If the topic is VAD, I would like to share 3.
4/5 family members have had chicken pox. In all cases it was mild. I remember getting it around 7. I had very few pox, and no fever. My biggest memory of it was that my friend came over and asked if I could play, and my mom said no as I was contagious. I wanted to go out, lol. My son had a very mild case - few spots, and no fever. Honestly, he has had numerous colds that were harsher. My oldest daughter was 4 months old when she got chicken pox. She had a lot of pox, or maybe she just looked very poxxy as she was so small (50 pox on a 12 pounded looks very different than 50 pox on 100 pounder). She does have 2 CP scars - I think they add character, and she does not care. She was exclusively breastfed when she got CP, so while I do think BF can lessen the chances of getting VAD, I do not think it is a guarantee.
My husband had mumps around 13. While the swelling freaked him and everybody else out, he went on to father 3 children. He does not remember being that sick.
3/5 of us had the flu last year. That was NOT fun. It led to a chest infection in one of my children. I do not think the flu vaccine is particularly useful, nor do I think the flu is all that common (only about 1/24 non-vaxxed individuals even get the flu each year), but the flu…blech.
That being said, while I posted the above as first hand account of what some of these VAD might look like, I think people need to make decisions based on stats - how likely is your child to come into contact with a VAD, and how likely is your child to have a serious complication to a VAD versus the risks (as you can best sort them out to be) of vaxxing. Mileage may or may not vary per VAD and vax.
Edited by kathymuggle - 10/25/12 at 7:59am