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#1 of 4 Old 09-16-2008, 08:39 PM - Thread Starter
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My husband has never had the chicken pox. He has an artificial heart valve. If my son were to get it and pass it on to my husband, it could be fatal for him. We dont know if my husband was vaccinated for it. What are our options to keep dh from getting it? Should we vax son for it?
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I would start by having hubby tested for titers. It's extremely rare for someone of our age to not have been exposed at some point. Even if he never developed a full blown case, he could still have some immunity. My brother had two blisters on his back, if I hadn't had such a horrible case, my mom would have just assumed they were bug bites or something. His titer is as high as mine.

If he is not immune, then I would look into dh being vaccinated. Since he could get it from anywhere, not just your son, vaxing your son to protect your husband is not as effective at keeping your dh safe.

Your son's best bet is still to develop natural immunity.

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I agree. Check immunity, then consider the vax for DH.
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Agreed. Test DH for titers, if he has none, vaccinate DH.
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