|I don't know definitively that the kid at the playground had chickenpox, and I don't know definitively that I had shingles, but they were both definite possibilities, and two possible exposures like that in a two week period was simply too much for my comfort level.
I find your remarks very alarming.
I wish you would look into chickenpox in general a bit more. You are contagious up to two days prior to even seeing spots and some people do not show any signs
of the fever or sniffles and come down with CP- so you could be right next to a child in the grocery store and they will break out the following day.
|Given that there are parents irresponsible enough to send infected kids out among unvaccinated babies
you really are jumping to an unfound conclusion
I have seen several reports of how the vaccine does not work in children and the shingles vaccine does not prevent
shingles- you can find all this simply by reading the insert and seeing the data that supports this.
As for yourself, I find it a bit odd if you are so in fear of CP that you did not have yourself checked for shingles.
|One of the reasons I've been so alarmed with this whole thing (especially my own possible shingles) is that I've been tutoring a young woman from Africa who is pregnant with twins and apparently has no immunity to chickenpox
- You may have had another contagious
rash that you spread to others without knowing it.
The singles rash is not as much an issue as the air-born fact of shingles.
When you look at the package insert you will also see that the vaccine MUST have boosters, and not just in childhood- it does not last.
The current way most of the US is, insurance companies will not
pay for CP vaccine in adults (thus people will not re-booster) and most do not
pay for shingles vaccine either- I know several older people that will not vaccinate simply because of the $185.00+ dollar cost.
To vaccinate your child is one things, you have no idea if they will continue to pay to have them self re-boosters thru out life.
I would seriously weigh the vaccine against the natural and the life long immunity vs short term.
the package inserts are very easy to find on line
you may also want to look at thesewww.askdrsears.com/html/8/t080900.asp
(there are many other sites also saying the exact same thing)U.S. have indicated protection for at least thirteen years, and studies in Japan have shown protection for at least twenty years.
and than you run the risk of not knowing within your child unless you also do titers testing (again insurance companies are not will to pay for this) will your child be at 12 years or 21 years immunity? oh the apt is made and a week prior they get exposed and get it any ways - to me there are far too many problem and not near enough pluses for the justification in the endhttp://www.pediatrics.aappublication...full/103/5/e61