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Q: "I am scared that my child will get Chickenpox. It was suggested to us that she could have the vaccine after being off of IVIG for 8 months. We were told that if we know she has been in contact with chicken pox to bring her in to get the vaccine because it would be better than a full-blown case. I know that many parents choose not to continue with immunizations of any kind. What is your advice on this matter?"
We advise giving VZIG when there is a known exposure to chickenpox because chickenpox can cause severe cerebellar ataxia in some childen.
Q: "My daughter is in pre-school until August and then starts Kindergarten in September. Her school is requesting that she is immunized. How do I make that decision or do you just mandate that OMS children shouldn't get immunized?"
It's always a tough call. We make an individual recommendation based on assessment of the risk of relapse and the risk of serious illness. Some of the questions for that assessment are:
1) How many times has the child relapsed previously?
2) How many serious infections has the child had?
3) Does he/she relapse consistently with illnesses?
4) Are the symptoms of OMS currently controlled?
5) Is he/she immunosuppressed?
No matter how scientific you are about it, it's still a roll of the dice. Certainly,
no live virus vaccines should ever be given and multiple vaccines should not be given at once or in close proximity. Some parents choose to test the water by giving one that's less likely to cause a problem, like HIB, and see how it's tolerated.
Originally Posted by Gitti
Indeed! What a "coincidence".
And what do the doctors attribute the sudden neurological damage in a previously perfectly healthy child?
Originally Posted by AuntNi
I'm just curious about something. My DH's co-worker recently resigned to stay home with her her 18-month baby, who's developed Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome. I'd never heard of it, but she forwarded this link to the office:
The baby came down with this syndrome very soon after getting her 18-month shots, and the mother initially thought there was some connection. The onset was so sudden and scary. But of course, all the doctors have pooh-pooh'd any correlation.
As I said, I know nothing about it, and my DH doesn't even talk about it much because it's so upsetting to him. But it just seems like such a coincidence that her neurological disorder would pop up right after vaccination. Does anyone know?
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