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DD is 2 next week and an opportunity has come up to have her exposed to chicken pox this weekend. I have been crossing my fingers that I could get her exposed while she's still nursing, in hopes that she'd end up with a mild case and all the right immunities.<br><br>
However, as I IM DH to tell him about it, he says to me, "I don't know if I ever had chicken pox." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Gee, what a great time to mention it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I made him call his mother to ask, and she doesn't know either! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: She says he "maybe" had it when he was 2 because he had "something" that kept him out of daycare, and later on he didn't get chicken pox when his sister did. His mother is a total flake but I really thought she'd remember the chicken pox.<br><br>
In the case that he didn't have the chicken pox would it be unwise to expose DD to chicken pox this weekend if DH (who is presently on a business trip) couldn't get a varicella shot until Wednesday? I am all for natural chicken pox in kids, but I don't want DH exposed if he's not immune.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">... and later on he didn't get chicken pox when his sister did.</div>
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That tells me that he is most likely immune. He doesn't have to have symptoms to become immune. My son-in-law never had cp, was never exposed, never knew anyone who had it, and never had the vaccine.<br>
When his titres were tested for med school he showed full immunity. So, there is no way of telling. But if your dh was exposed and did not get symptoms, I bet he already had immunity.<br><br>
It will be good for him to be re-exposed. Less chance of getting shingles in old age.
 

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To the best of my and my mother's knowledge, I have never had chicken pox. She would take us all (10 kids!) to "chicken pox parties" so we could get immunity. But either I had an extremely light case, or I have natural immunity. (is that possible?) Perhaps this is the case with your dh. Sorry not much advise, but thought i'd throw that out there.<br><br>
oh - where is this opportunity - I want to send my dc! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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oh - cross-posted w/ Gitti <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She knows lots <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">... or I have natural immunity. (is that possible?)</div>
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Natural immunity is either immunity through your mom via bm which only last about the first 6 mo of life, or after having come in contact with the virus.<br><br>
You don't have to show symptoms to get natural core immune.<br><br>
Artificial or superficial immunity is what you have after an immunization.<br><br>
It is short lasting while natural core immunity lasts a life time.<br><br>
I came back to say that some core immunity may not last a life time either and may be dependent upon re-exposure with some diseases, which should happen with each generation.<br><br>
See what messing with the immune system gets us into?
 

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people told me we had a pox shot but i thought they were not around until in the late 90's. my brother,cousins,friends,classmates-had got pox and i was exposed from age 5 to around fifteen people thought i had a natural immunity to chicken pox but when I was seventeen a junior in highschool being around a bunch of babies working i didn't get the type of pox like my brother he had small red dots I had big brown reddish patches they were huge
 
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