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Would you get the Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine for your child if your husband has never had it...

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am REALLY on the fence here. I really wanted to wait and see if my child could actually catch the chickenpox so we didn't have to vaccinate for it but I also don't want to put my husband's life in danger. 

post #2 of 10

Can your husband get the vaccine? Are you totally sure he has never had the illness--has he had titers drawn? 

post #3 of 10

Vaccinating your kids to protect your husband doesn't make as much sense as vaccinating your husband to protect your husband. Also, just because he has no memory of being symptomatic doesn't mean he has no immunity, so it might be worth getting his titres checked; I've met a few people who never had symptomatic chickenpox, but later proved that they had had it.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
The problem with my hubby is that he refuses to go to the doctor unless he is tons of pain...
post #5 of 10

Well, I'd think the consequences of him getting the chickenpox would be much more severe than your children getting it, so therefore he should be the one to be vaccinated. I'd tell him it's his choice, but I probably wouldn't vax my kids.

post #6 of 10
Why doesn't he get the vaccine? It's two at at least 28 days apart.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Because he doesn't ever see the doctor and he wouldn't be able to come up with the money for the visits or the shots. Where we live everything is at least twice as expensive as it ought to be as well. I was just wondering others opinion on whether or not I should get my kids the chickenpox shot if, for example, it was impossible to get my husband vaccinated (and impossible for checking it out) being whether he has had the virus unknown to possibly him never having it. If you all don't quite grasp where I am getting at, my husband has left all the choices regarding this to me and will pretty much tell me to just get the kids vaccinated because our insurance covers both vaccinations and visits for them. I am new to delayed vaxing and selective vaccination and am still researching but chicken pox seems to be a big no-no according my my research and the opinions of others so I am just on the fence as to what is likely and more important in this particularly frustrating case which my stubborn husband has no clue and would in no way see a doctor. 

post #8 of 10

Does your husband know for sure whether he had any exposures?  Are there other people in his family who were never symptomatic but later proved that they had been infected at some point?  (If they got shingles, or cared for kids with chickenpox without catching it themselves, it's safe to say they had chickenpox at some point)  If he somehow avoided any exposures his entire life, then the situation is different than if every kid in his class got chickenpox one year, but somehow he never showed symptoms.

post #9 of 10

He can get low cost vaccinations at the health department, even free if you qualify. Depends on whether you have insurance and how much you make. But locally uninsured people who make less than a decent amount get them for free.

post #10 of 10
He doesn't have to go to a doctor to get the vaccine. He can go to a health department, a work/school based clinic, or even a pharmacy. Many places like Walgreens have started offering vaccines at their pharmacies.

Most health departments offer low-cost vaccines to those who can prove low incomes.

Many insurance plans also cover vaccinations for adults. Could you call your insurance provider to see if adult vaccines are covered?
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