Is it better to have my daughter have vaccine or let her have chicken pox?

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter is going to school and I worry if I should have her have chicken pox shots or is it better to let her have chicken pox.

Please help!!

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You might check with your local schools - some state are now requiring students to be vaccinated against chicken pox before starting school. Because of Texas state laws both of my boys got the shot, ironically two months afterwards my younger son ended getting the chicken pox anyways!

Rhonda - posted on 08/11/2009

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3 out of my 4 children have had the chicken pox. All were under the age of 1 and half. They were due for their vaccine but caught chicken pox instead. My 5 year old daughter has not had it. She ended up getting the vaccine. So my advice is to let them go ahead and get the chicken pox that way you know they wont ever catch it again. I wish I would have waited on getting the vaccine with my youngest. But, that is your decision if you want your child to go thru all the itching and sometimes possible scarring when they happen to pop the bumps. But, mine survived and it wasnt too bad with them itching, just lots of benadryl and calamine lotion and oatmeal baths. I was thankful my other 3 caught the pox so early in age....the doctor told me the younger they are to catch it the better!!

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Fatima - posted on 08/05/2012

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my youngest son is 7 and still has not got chicken pox...even when my older daughter had the pox and she slept in the same room with my 7 year old , he still did not get it from his older sister. should i give my son the vaccine??

Tricia - posted on 07/26/2012

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My son is 4 years old. He got the vaccine on a Tuesday. And by the following Wednesday he had chicken pox. It was a real mild case. I would recommend the vaccine so if your daughter gets them, it's not a bad case. His pox were gone within 3 days. Couldn't even tell he had them. Chances of getting chicken pox from the shot are real small. And there is a chance that he can get them again. Hope I could help :)

Lissa - posted on 02/08/2011

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All of mine have had the chicken pox (vaccine was not available) two of them had very mild problems, a few spots a little illness but nothing at all serious. My eldest had them at 4, I had them at 12 both our cases were horrific. We had them everywhere, one night occupying my son in a cool bath we couldn't the ones on his face and head we gave up at 100. Our temperatures were so high we were delirious for most of the two weeks we were ill. My son was screaming like he was being murdered he was in so much pain. Having chicken pox can be a mild illness but can also be a very serious one, if vaccines had been available for mine I would have gotten them.

Crystal - posted on 02/08/2011

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i would say yes she should get it both my girls had the shot and are fine plus not sure about where you live but i know hereit's required for them to have both doses of the vaccine in order to enter school

Holly - posted on 08/22/2009

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Well my son is 9 and he has had the shot and got chicken pox last year. The dr says the shot does not prevent you from getting chicken pox it just stops it as being so severe.

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2009

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I'm on of those psycho moms that doesn't take anything anyone says at face value. When I was confronted with the decision on whether or not my children should have the vaccine, I researched everything I could about it. Come to find out that children that have the vaccine are not "covered" for life. As teens or adults, they could get chicken pox, or Shingles, which are painful. And the vaccination doesn't guarantee that your child will not get chicken pox- there is a mutation to the virus that has been cropping up that is immune to the vaccine.



The only thing to remember is if your daughter is exposed to chicken pox and gets them, you need to take her to a pediatrician (or family doctor). They can give you things to help keep down fever, ease itching, and document it so schools won't harrass you about it.



In my humble opinion, I think that the chicken pox vaccine is irrelevant and may cause more harm than good. You can research at the Center for Disease Control website, or WebMD. Be informed, and talk with your doctor. Good luck!

Jaime - posted on 08/17/2009

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the vaccines works like other vaccines, it is a mild dose of the virus and then your body delvopes the antibodies against it, so it is like having them. (this is why some children get sick or a fever from shots...)

Jaime - posted on 08/17/2009

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Chicken Pox isnt like when we were younger... it is stronger due to yrs of medicine tolerances... jus like flu and all the rest. I had my daughters get the vaccince, they ended up still getting them but had such a mild case I was glad I did!

Kristina - posted on 08/16/2009

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Please talk with your Dr about it. The shot is being updated. My oldest one had only a few and was told he did not need the shot and then ended up with pox in everywhere and I do mean EVERYWHERE!!! I mean he had them in his ears, on his eyes and in his privates. Believe me,had I known, he would have gotten the shot. If I am remembering correctly, shingles and chicken pox are related. If you have the chicken pox when you are young, the virus lies dormant in your body and then can pop up as shingles. I am pretty sure that is how it works. I could be wrong. I don't know how it works works as a vaccine. IT would stand to reason that it would protect you from both. I would would most definitely check with both your school and your Dr before deciding about the shot.

Delta - posted on 08/13/2009

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My daugher had gotten the shot when she was a baby. But she still ended up getting them when she was 5 but she didnt break out as bad. I too had them 2 times, the first time I had them as a infant and they were on inside of my skin is what my parents told me and then the 2nd time I had them the begging of my 3rd grade year. One of my sisters had them twice too and my brother had them 3 times.



Its up to you if you want your child to have the shot or not. Here where I live its manatory to get the shot.

Angie - posted on 08/13/2009

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My oldest had chicken pox my youngest 2 had the shot. Now I hear that the girls may have to have a booster shot because there are no studies that show that they are affective in adulthood.

Audrey - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have 2 boys ages 4 and 6 and they both got chicken pox AND had the vaccinations!
I was stumped! They got them last summer prior to my oldest starting kindergarten. He was in preschool pt and no notes about it though. We think he may have gotten them from a indoor play place that we went to and after that they had temps. and then the dots as they called them. I called the Dr. office when we realized that misquito bites don't spread! LOL! I felt like the dumbest person in the world! They weren't supposed to get them and they clearly had them. I was told not to bring them in and they told me how to avoid them spreading and we were living with them for a week 1/2 between the 2. I did notice a difference in my younger son that had been vaccinated more recently for them that his were considerably less. I was kinda flipping out though due to Kindergarten starting in only 2 weeks! I called every mother I knew to ask if they wanted to expose their children to mine. Well I guess the vaccine doesn't work as well as some may think because all of their kids had already had gotten them too.

Jennifer - posted on 08/13/2009

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Does anyone know if the vaccine prevents children from getting the pox when they are an adult? My daughter has never had it and she is 6. I think i was exposed to it when I was around ten and got like three or four bumps but that was it. I have never had it. I have heard that as an adult is one of the worst experiences ever. Also I have heard instead of getting pox you can instead get shingles which is so much worse. So unless the vaccine is the same as getting the pox... I would say its better for a child to have the pox!

Jodi - posted on 08/13/2009

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Katrisha, when my son had chicken pox at 2, he hardly itched at all. I just bathed him twice a day in Pinetarsol, and put some lotion on him and that seemed to do the trick. He never even had a fever, and he hasn't been left with a single scar. But from what I gather, getting it as an adult can be really bad.

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/12/2009

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I had chicken pox twice, first was when I was 6 years old and the next one was when I was 21 years old. If was very difficult because it was painful. I didnt remember my chicken pox when I was 6 but when I was older it wasnt a good experience. I was so weak that I cant move and there were bumps all over my body, my scalp, my throat. I am unsure if I felt this because the pox was different. What were the discomforts of your children during the sickness? Please please let me know.

Jodi - posted on 08/11/2009

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I had the same as Rhonda. My son had chicken pox when he was 2 and it wasn't bad at all, but from talking to friends of mine, it gets worse as they get older. My daughter didn't get chickenpox, so when I went for her 4 year old check up, I had the vaccine done then. I kept telling friends of mine to let me know if they know anyone in the house with chickenpox and I'll arrange a playdate, but it just didn't happen!!

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