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I asked to be tested for immunity to varicella, since I never have had CP and my results came back "negative" which my dr told me means I have no immunity to CP. She suggested I get the vax b/c it can be so dangerous in adults. I should mention she is not quick to push meds/interventions so I don't think she is just trying to get another vax injected in someone. She is my OB/GYN<br><br>
My oldest DD is vax'd, but my youngest two will not be receiving this vax at all...If they contract CP I do not want to get it myself.<br><br>
What would you do in my situation? Get the vax?? I should also mention I am nursing my 7.5 week old.<br><br>
TIA for any info you can offer!<br><br>
-Samantha
 

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I would never consider the vax. If you're scared of chickenpox, then don't inject the live virus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Really chickenpox in adults doesn't have to be scary. There's a mom here who just had it. Lived to tell the story <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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We are in a similar situation, but it is for my dh. He grew up with 4 siblings, and he was the only one who did not get cp in the family, and incredibly, when tested, he does not have immunity <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
So I'll be watching this thread closely!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would never consider the vax. If you're scared of chickenpox, then don't inject the live virus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Really chickenpox in adults doesn't have to be scary. There's a mom here who just had it. Lived to tell the story <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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It isn't the live virus, or so i was told. I guess my thinking is, I know it doesn't have to be scary, but<br><br>
1. I am the primary caregiver of my children and when I am sick it creates a logistical nightmare finding care/help. Usually, it boils down to I can't find help so DH has to take off work, which costs us $$ that we can't afford to lose.<br><br>
2. CP CAN be serious and I am curious as to what is riskier-getting CP or the vax. I know I could still get CP after the vax, but would it be less serious?<br><br>
I guess I'm looking for more than "So and so had CP and lived to tell about it" I'm not really concerned I'd die. Lol.
 

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It absolutely IS a live virus vaccine. Anyone who told you differently either doesn't know what they're talking about or is lying.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Hey, I'm in the same quandary. I found out when pregnant with dd (she's 4 months now) that I had no immunity to chickenpox and I, too, am a bit scared of contracting it as an adult. I wish I had something to offer (except that yeah, our ped said the vaccine was considered to be something like "live modulated" -- I'm sure I'm not remembering that correctly, but in essence, not truly "live") to the discussion, but I'll also be watching for others thoughts on the topic!
 

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It's a live vaccine. It can be contracted from the vaccine. In fact the vaccine specifically says that it's not to be given to the immune-compromised or those in close contact with them for that very reason.<br><br>
All live vaccines are altered in theory to make them less dangerous.<br><br>
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I don't know why you assume you wouldn't be able to take care of your children if you contracted varicella. Serious varicella-related complications typically occur in the immunocompromised (cancer - leukemia, diabetes), particularly those taking steroid medication.<br><br>
If you're worried about varicella, they you should also seriously consider the Tdap vaccine because you have greater chance contracting <b>pertussis</b> than varicella. It's pretty much a given that you no longer have immunity to pertussis . . . and pertussis lasts a lot longer than the chicken pox, so that vaccine should be at the top of your list.<br><br>
Also, <b>hepatits A</b> is "more dangerous" in adults too, so you may want to consider that vaccine as well.<br><b><br>
Influenza</b> can knock you down for a week or two . . .<br><br>
Not to mention a gazillion other "bugs" out there for which no vaccine exists.
 
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