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Ds is just getting over what I think must be the mildest case of chicken pox I've ever heard of... He had a few (maybe 10) mildly itchy spots on his cheeks and ears that lasted about 5 days. No fever or other symptoms.

I'm just wondering if such a mild case will give him immunity to chicken pox. The doctor I took him to said that it would probably give partial immunity...

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It can. I had 10 spots when I was in kindergarten. mom didn't know what they were until the rest of my K class started breaking out in the cp. I've been exposed several times since then(including when my 3kids had them) & never broke out again.
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Yes it can. I developed immunity to the chicken pox without ever knowing I had them. I must have had a VERY mild case as a child (my mom took me to all sorts of chicken pox parties, although they weren't called that then), so mild we never knew I had it.

As an adult I began working around children and decided to get the vaccine - thinking I had never had CP and therefore wasn't immune - because I definitely didn't want CP as an adult. The doctor insisted on doing a titer first, and the titer showed I was immune so didn't need the vax. The same thing happened with my sister.

Lucky DS, mild case of CP, lifelong immunity.

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when I was a kid, I had a mild outbreak of them, then about a year later I got them again but that time much more severe.
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DD had CP at about 17 weeks -- she had no more than 10 spots, altho' some were hideous.

She is now 8yo & has been immune in several outbreaks, when children all around her had it badly (including DS2-3 who were covered 6 months ago).

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Dh only recalled 'one or two' pox, confirmed by his family. He had a blood titer drawn as an adult and had cp immunity. Of course, we grew up when everyone was exposed to chicken pox all the time, well before this vaccine. So, wild re-exposure probably helped his adult immunity.


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Thanks for all of these replies. I'm very interested....

Ds had a few spots on his cheeks and ears for about 5 days. He was mildly itchy.

Dd had TWO spots on her cheeks, and did not seem at all itchy.

I would love to see if they are immune, but am not sure if I want to subject them to testing.

I'm a bit more concerned to know if dd is immune, since her history indicates that she may be taking corticosteroids this winter.

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