Originally Posted by doriansmummy
Is it true that the cases are "milder" with the vaccine VS no vaccine?
i think thats just what drs like to say to get people to get the vax and make it seem less severe if the kid gets CP after the vax.
its really impossible to know if the case of CP is milder if the kid was vaxed or not. each person responds to diseases and vaxes differently. i'm sure there are vaxed kids out there who got CP and had mild cases. but there's also unvaxed kids out there who also had mild cases. and both vaxed and unvaxed kids who had awful cases to CP. it all depends on the individual's system and health at the time (like MT mentioned).
it would be impossible to test this theory because once the vax is given to an individual and then he/she is exposed to CP, we cant go back in time to take the vax out and reexpose the kid to CP to compare the cases, kwim?
|20. How long does the vaccine protect someone against chickenpox? Will a booster vaccination be needed?
The length of protection/immunity from any new vaccine is never known when it is first introduced. However, available information collected from persons vaccinated in Japan in the United States show that protection has lasted for as long as the vaccinated persons have been followed (25 years in Japan and more than 10 years in the U.S.). Follow up studies to determine how long protection will last and to evaluate the need and timing for booster vaccination, are ongoing. If it is determined in the future that a booster dose is necessary, your health care provider will inform you. Currently, no booster dose is recommended.
the cdc must not have updated their site recently, because a CP booster was just recommended. i'm not sure what ages its recommended for though or when this goes into effect.
my 19 year old sister got the vax after it came out. (my brother and i had CP before she was born, and for some reason, she never caught it before age 6 or so.) she's in college and living at home, and i know she just got a few shots (meningitis and somethign else stupid) that are "strongly recommended" for college and studying abroad. (mom is an RN and very pro-vax.) i worry about when my sister gets older and moves out of my parents' house and doesnt have our mom playing such a large role in her health care. i've heard that CP is more dangerous as an adult. how many adults in their 20s will we have in a few years who had the CP vax as kids but are no longer immune? how many young adults dont have health insurance and dont go to the dr?
its not like CP is like the measles where it can only be caught from someone with the measles. you can catch CP from someone who has the shingles. so its not going to go away that way. plus, other countries have far greater worries than eradicating CP. so i think its a disease that will not be eradicated by vaxes because it *can't.*
thats the big reason why i think this shot is so stupid: its just going to open a can of worms a few years from now when the 1st batch of vaxed kids grow up and we have an "epidemic" of CP in the adult population.