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My 18mo old DS got the chicken pox vaccine at his 12 month check up. He got a rash on his left thigh late last week that got worse over the weekend. I took him to see the doc and she said it was shingles. (She originally said it was CP, but another doc took a look and thought it was shingles). And I guess what I don't understand is how he got shingles and NOT a mild case of CP. I thought you had to have CP in order to get shingles.. Could the vaccine be responsible? I've done a little bit of searching today for any relationship between the CP vacccine and shingles, but I haven't really come up with anything. Thankfully he's got a very mild case and it really hasn't effected him all that much.
 

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Yes, the vaccine is responsible. If your doctor had given you the vaccine information sheet or package insert like he/she was supposed to, you would have seen that shingles is indeed a "side-effect" of this vaccine.<br><br>
That's one of the reasons a number of parents decline this shot -- instead of getting the generally benign chicken pox, you go right to shingles, which is more painful.
 

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Insist on getting a copy of the patient/ doctor information insert papers to CP vaccine and point it out to your ped that shingles is a possible side effect of the CP vaccine.<br><br>
Why oh why do they vaccinate against CP? What reason on earth? CP, a mild childhood disease, nothing to fear only positive gain from it. WHY do they vaccinate? (oh i forgot - they make lots and lots of MONEY - GOOD REASON. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The best in the world</span>.)<br><br>
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Technically the body thinks it had a mild case of cp if it has been vaxed for it.<br><br>
And your son can get shingles again I think. From my understanding it lies dormant in the body until the immune system gets stressed out enough for shingles to pop up. But I'mnot positive on that.
 
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