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View Poll Results: In the search for CP natural immunity for DC...
Exposed, showed CP symptoms 15 30.00%
Exposed, no symptoms 3 6.00%
Haven't found a case yet 21 42.00%
Haven't tried to expose yet 11 22.00%
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#1 of 26 Old 02-18-2008, 03:45 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I was wondering how easy it is to find a good case of CP. If your dc did get CP... did it come from a vax shed or from a wild case?

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We just had some floating around my area that were posted about in our FYT area. Lots of kiddso got them, but I wasn't quite ready to expose DS yet. I think it was a natural strain.
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It went around our school system (of course all the kids were vaxed and came down with it anyway) - my son wasn't vaxed and caught it as well.
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I haven't managed to find a case yet, : I'v been trying a while. I started looking when DD1 was a toddler, took two years off between a pg and a sick DD2, now I really want to find it. I heard of some a couple years ago, but that was right when I got pg, and haven't found any since.

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My girls were exposed 21 times to CP and finally got it... 22nd time they were exposed - except it was the one time I didn't purposely expose them & I have no idea where they got it!

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No luck here. My sis told me of a party but ds was too young for me and haven't found any since.

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My girls were exposed 21 times to CP and finally got it... 22nd time they were exposed - except it was the one time I didn't purposely expose them & I have no idea where they got it!
Whoa! First, how did you find so many cases? And second, those are super-power immune systems!

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I haven't tried yet, but will when ds (10 months) is older.

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DS was exposed twice to wild CP, and caught it the second time around. We had 19 children over to play, and since then almost all have come down with CP (several of those cases were siblings, where one child caught it from DS, and then subsequently passed it on to their sibling who did not catch it from DS, even though exposed). I'd say that about 60% of the children who were exposed to DS during the contagious period caught CP.
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Dd was exposed to CP twice in the last year. This last time, it took (although she had only about 15 pox total), and it has travelled pretty quickly (about 6 weeks?) through most of the kids in our local playgroup that were exposed. I suspect it was wild, but have no real way of knowing

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I haven't started looking yet, so not sure.
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I was wondering how easy it is to find a good case of CP. If your dc did get CP... did it come from a vax shed or from a wild case?
I never purposely exposed my older 2. They got it from a kid in their music class. She was vaxed and had pox everywhere, poor kid. My kids had may 20 spots each.
Youngest, now 6.5 still has not gotten it. I am now trying to expose him. I'm in Boulder if anyone knows of a pox party!
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DD was exposed at a pox party, and she got CP. The girl she caught it from got it from her dad who had shingles. DD, though, had so few spots and they were so mild that I thought it might have been bug bites from a camping trip just before and we weren't able to spread the CP-love to others. We confirmed her immunity with a titer check later though.

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I believe the cp vax is one of the most unnecessary, and delayed it for a couple of years after my kids started school. I finally got it for the kids after feeling pressured by regular calls from the school.

Within a year, we got a notice that someone in my dd's class had chicken pox and had been sent home. I was so upset I hadn't waited longer - I would have been asking the teacher and school nurse for contact information so we could be exposed. Not sure it would have worked, though, since they just tell horror stories of deaths related to chicken pox - as if we don't all remember having "parties" ourselves as children. :
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It was going around in dd1's school last year and both the girls got it. There were vaxed cases and non-vaxed, too. I don't know if it was wild, but I think so. They got good classic cases of it, but it didn't bother them too much.

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I couldn't answer your poll, since we just attended a pox party last weekend. So, my DS was exposed, but I don't know if he will get cp yet or not. I'm betting he will, since he was exposed to the sick kids 3 times over the course of 5 days (and shared a sucker).
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What's the difference between "wild" and regular?

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I'm thinking I'm never going to find CP or Measles unfortunately :-(

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If you are looking for cp in the southeast, there is a connection thread in the FL, GA, AL tribe. I'll be exposing my 3 next week if all goes well!
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What's the difference between "wild" and regular?
Wild would be regular I guess. Non-wild would be if a kid caught it from someone who had just been vaccinated.

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Wild would be regular I guess. Non-wild would be if a kid caught it from someone who had just been vaccinated.
True, but that only applies to "live" vaccines. As far as I know, the only live vaccine still on the market is smallpox. People have contracted smallpox from the vaccine as well as from people who were recently vaccinated, but it isn't possible to catch a disease from any of the usual vaccines given to children.
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We exposed DS a two and a half weeks ago. No signs yet, but according to everything I've found we have until Saturday until we are sure if he will get it or not. I sure hope he does, because we've been looking for more than a year and only found one other case. This time the child who had the CP had been vaxed against it.

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DH wants to wait until DS is at least 2 years old to expose him. DS is 15 months old and we have had two opportunities so far. Hopefully someone we know will get chicken pox in a few months so we can get it over with!
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True, but that only applies to "live" vaccines. As far as I know, the only live vaccine still on the market is smallpox. People have contracted smallpox from the vaccine as well as from people who were recently vaccinated, but it isn't possible to catch a disease from any of the usual vaccines given to children.
I think MMR and chicken pox are both live vaccines. Thus it should be theoretically possible to catch one of those diseases from a recently vaccinated child. I don't think there are any medically confirmed cases of that happening, but they don't really look for it, either. I don't see any reason that it couldn't happen.

Tuberculosis and oral polio (OPV) are also live vaccines. (That's why they switched to IPV - people WERE known to catch polio from that vaccine, just like the smallpox one.)
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Rotavirus is also a live vaccine.

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I didn't answer the poll, but ds was exposed a few years ago and had no symptoms...had the chance to expose ds and dd a yr later, but would have put them getting the pox literally on Christmas day, so didn't. Am in search of pox in 6-12 mos from now when 8 mo old is slightly older and before I have another. Seriously, I would travel a few hrs the get it!

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