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Old 03-02-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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And FTR: I had CP when I was 9 or 10. I was completely miserable for 3ish days, stuck at home inside for another 3 or 4 and then it was fine. I had them only below the waist. MOstly in my groin area, legs and trunk. It wasn't any more or less craptastic than any other common childhood illness.

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Your chicken pox was fun???? I had it... twice. The second time I was in the 8th grade and INCREDIBLY sick. I'm so thankful that my children won't suffer through that. I also work in a hospital. You are required to be immune to chicken pox if you have patient care. Its just smart. Don't forget small pox was wiped out by vaccines.
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Remember that your children will need chicken pox boosters every 15-20 years for the rest of their lives or they may indeed contract chicken pox, and the disease gets more dangerous for adults.

I am so thankful that I have natural immunity to chicken pox, measles, rubella and mumps. I had all those diseases as a child. I was never vaxed with the MMR, and I am so thankful.
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The myth that gets me fired up is the one that suggests that my unvaccinated child is a health risk to your vaccinated child. And don't get me started on herd immunity. Oy.



Respectfully, numbers don't matter if your child is one that comprises that 0.002% statistic.

Don't get me wrong, I still choose to forgo VariVax, but chicken pox isn't always a benign childhood disease. Usually it is, but I went to the hospital to visit my best friend's sister when she was dying of chicken pox related encephalitis when I was in highschool and I know that it occurs in 1.7 of every 100 000 cases of varicella (or at least it did then). Sometimes you are the statistic, no matter how rare, and that sucks.

So, while I do not choose to vaccinate against this particular virus, I do not feel that it is fun or without risk.

Yes, I agree with your point. I often hear vaccines touted as only having very rare instances of side effects. But when they happened to me, the rarity didn't matter at all.

It's just one thing among many points to consider though. We took a fairly benign disease and have now shifted the epidemiology of the disease and made it so that everyone must receive continuous vaccinations for life.

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Yes, I agree with your point. I often hear vaccines touted as only having very rare instances of side effects. But when they happened to me, the rarity didn't matter at all.

It's just one thing among many points to consider though. We took a fairly benign disease and have now shifted the epidemiology of the disease and made it so that everyone must receive continuous vaccinations for life.
re: the bold, exactly! I don't care how "rare" it is that reactive aluminum damages a child enough that the effects are immediately evident, I'm not putting it in my child without a damn good reason.

I feel the same about the "rare" risk of varicella assocated encephalitis. So, it's all about assessing the risk and acting accordingly, as well as doing what we can as parents to minimize the risk in general (diet, exercise, supplements etc).

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The myth that gets me fired up is the one that suggests that my unvaccinated child is a health risk to your vaccinated child. And don't get me started on herd immunity. Oy.



Respectfully, numbers don't matter if your child is one that comprises that 0.002% statistic.

Don't get me wrong, I still choose to forgo VariVax, but chicken pox isn't always a benign childhood disease. Usually it is, but I went to the hospital to visit my best friend's sister when she was dying of chicken pox related encephalitis when I was in highschool and I know that it occurs in 1.7 of every 100 000 cases of varicella (or at least it did then). Sometimes you are the statistic, no matter how rare, and that sucks.
So, while I do not choose to vaccinate against this particular virus, I do not feel that it is fun or without risk.
Yes.

I, know two children, two different families. Each child had a reaction to a shot and ended up brain damaged. One is 16 and has the brain of a 1 year old. Another is severly damaged and will be on assisted living her whole life. Thank god she has siblings older and younger than her who will hopefully be there to take care of her. What are the stats on those inserts for reactions? Probably high, I guess.

So, yeah, when you are the statistic there is no comfort.

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