Jenni - posted on 09/16/2011 ( 44 moms have responded )
Did you have your child(ren) immunized for chicken pox?
I didn't have my son immunized for it. I was a new mom and when my doctor mentioned the optional vaccine, I blew it off. It seemed absurd at the time to be immunized for what I believed was a non-life threatening common childhood disease. I looked back on my memory of having the chicken pox and although I remember some minor discomfort, I quite enjoyed the time off of school and being pampered by my mom. From what I do understand, many children still contract the virus but the symptoms are much less severe.
So now my son is 3 years old and I've rethought my stance. Mostly, because my son suffers from CSP (chronic skin picking). He picks sores on his body as well as non-existant sores on his nose and inner ears. I keep his nails short and filed which prevents picking on his nose and inner ears for the most part. But now I'm worried about how he will handle having the chicken pox. He already has tons of scars from pickng scabs and mosquito bites.
I did have my daughter vaccinated for CP.
But my question is; can he still be vaccinated for it? Should I have him vaccinated for it? (I will definitely ask his doctor if he can still be vaccinated, but I just wanted your ladies opinion on it in the meantime). Any info on this vaccine would be much appreciated!