MMR/varicella vaccine?

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My baby is due for his MMR & varicella vaccine at his 12month check-up. I know without a doubt I want him to have the MMR shot but am unsure about the shot for chicken pox. I'm also wondering about giving them to him together at this visit or if it would be a good idea to spread them out a bit. What are your experiences with these two immunizations?

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Jamie - posted on 03/03/2010

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In reply to "I think when people don't vaccinate they are not only putting their own kids at risk but mine as well."

There are actually several studies being done now; and the results of at least one say that the increase of disease is actually due to those who are getting the vaccine, rather than those that don't. So, there are those of us out there that feel that your vaccinated child is a risk to our unvaccinated child. As stated above, there are always two sides to every story, just wanted to put that out there.

Jamie - posted on 02/27/2010

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I am not a fan of vaccines and the way doctors "advertise" them. The doctors in the NICU wanted to give my son his two month old vaccines when he was 2 months old chronilogicically, however, at that point he should have still been in utero, and they certainly wouldn't have given it to him if he was! One of the ones they wanted to give was Hep B, the one you can get from intercourse or sharing needles!!!!??? At 15 months he is still largely unvaccinated, and the combination shots are the ones that scare me the most. owever, the few he has recieved I have done spaced out. A vaccine works by making your body create antibodies to the disease given. Think when you or your child gets sick; its hard enough on the body to fight one thing at a time. When giving multiple vaccines at the same time, the body has to "fight" multiple things. My best advice is to educate yourself as much as you can. Some of what I found was pretty scary.



http://www.vaccineinfo.net/



Out of all the vaccines, I am def choosing against the varicella vaccine. I would rather my son get it (even though it is a pain). Lots of kids get the vaccine, and still get chickenpox. As a child I recieved 12 vaccines, now they give 36!!!

Rita - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son had the chicken pox vaccine and a booster. He had a full blown case of the chicken pox that same year. This happens so often as so many children do not make antibodies in responce to the vaccine. If doctors do not recheck titers of children, there is no way to determine the efficiency of a vaccine. There is a lot as far as vaccine failure rate.

The same child had a very bad vaccine reaction in 1994. It left him severely retarded as a result. I have to respond to any one who THINKS every child should get something to protect their child, when no one is protecting mine. No one should ever make a statement of what other children should get, as mine has a sentance to living with severe disabilities for the rest of his life, because I THOUGHT I was doing the right thing.....and so many parents report vaccine reactions....however, with this topic so hotly debated....Doctors would rather blame any thing else. There is no test to determine a vaccine reaction or the likelihood of someone to have a reaction. While I take care of the consequence of a vaccine reaction...for the rest of his life.....I will never advise people to get a vaccine to "protect" another. Parents should check vaccine safety groups, and analize all of the information at hand...and make truely informed choices for THEIR kids....not the benefit of any other kid...sorry to pick on you, I dont mean to sound rude, but there are 2 sides to every story...and the above is the reality I live with every day of my life.

Rita - posted on 03/02/2010

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The National Vaccine Information Center www.nvic.org is a Safety watchdog group. They absolutely can point you in a direction about vaccine safety.

I only looked into it after my son had a sever vaccine reaction in 1994. Years later, I came to find out the vaccine was "contaminated" and several other children had similar permanant adverse events. While vaccine injury is very real to me, other people get through it with out any events. I think doing research is very important!....Also the thing that gets me mad about the whole thing...is the reporting system.....is completely voluntary, and doctors are not mandated to report issues following vaccination. Most are afraid of the negative consequences from society or peers rrelated to this very hotly debated topic. VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) has stated that only between 1-10% of vaccine reactions are ACTUALLY reported, so the rest of the reactions are unaccounted for...and THAT fact alone terrifies me!

People and parents should at the very least...insist on Manditory Reporting of all incidence following vaccination, so the rest of us can have honest answers to these questions...as we seek the appropriate medical proceedures to seek or not to seek for our children.

Dana - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son received his MMRV vaccine at 15 months. He had an MMR reaction that caused his temperature to jump from normal to 104 degrees and put him in a seizure. This is very rare, however once a child has a febrile (fever) seizure they are more susceptible to them in the future. Luckily they are not harmful and they do grow out of them, but it was terrifying nonetheless. Every child is different, hopefully your son handles it well, just watch for fever.

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Zahra - posted on 12/05/2013

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my cousin is pregnant with chickenpox.only 15 weeks!!!!!i am really worried.....what should ee do...wat are your experiencess....pls do share

Monique D. - posted on 02/08/2011

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Our pediatrician let us spread out the vaccinations. I think it's common practice now to give you lots of information on the vaccine but we didn't get the scare and beware tactic.

Crystal - posted on 02/08/2011

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Both of my girls are fully vaccinated and both had the mmt and chicken pox shots at the same time and had no reaction and are now 5yrs and the baby is 18 months both are doing well

Amy - posted on 03/03/2010

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Well I have two boys. The first had no problems with any shots and my youngest who is 8 had a seizure on the 10 day(the reaction day) after a mmr. He is fine and healthy. never would have thought it was due to a shot until the specialist said so. But I would still vaccinate my kids

Carrie - posted on 03/02/2010

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Check out the book from Dr. Sears called The Vaccine Book. The information in this book will help you make a more informed decision. I would also wait till your child is older than 15 months for the MMR or else the MMR vaccine will be ineffective.

Carrie - posted on 03/02/2010

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It's impossible to have chicken pox five times, ask any doctor. According to Dr. Sears, you have lifelong immunity from the chicken pox after having them once.

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2010

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i think that if there was any chance of some sort of reaction with them being given at the same time the doctor would know not to give the two vaccinations in the same visit. i also say that if you arent sure about the varicella vac then skip out on it. your child is less likely to get it with ALL the other children who are receiving the vaccine nowadays. :] hope this helps.

Kristin - posted on 03/01/2010

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Both of my kids got them the varicella vaccine. They had no problems with it alone or with other shots. If you would feel better spreading them out, talk with your child's doctor. I can't imagine that they would have a problem with it. I waited on it with my first, but just went ahead and did it combo style with the second. I do know that there is a booster that will be needed in the future, but that's also a possibility if they actually get the chicken pox. Go with what you feel is best for your son and family.

LaWanda - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son is only 7months and we haven't hit the those with this vaccines but with are others we have gotten all his shots up to date but the H1N1 as we think its too new to put in our bodys let alone our little ones. But when it comes to shots/vaccines we want the best for him, we just get them all at once so he doesn't have to go through it again! Although like many of these moms we have also descided not to the the chicken pox vaccine, both my husband and I have had chicken pox and don't think that he needs to get a shot not to get it. If he had medical problems where it would hurt him if he got it then we WOULD! It wont matter with the school since we will be homeschooling, just as my husband and I were. All vaccines are a choice I don't think a school should say yes or no if your kid doesn't have them.

Lisa - posted on 03/01/2010

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I hav'nt heard about the chicken pots injection my son had chicken pot when he was about 1 i think its better if they get it while there younger than older i had no trouble with him i wouldnt of let my child have the chicken pots one its nothing majoy chicken pots everyone gets them at some point but the mmr is more serious id just give him the mmr but its your baby you do what you think is best

Susan - posted on 02/28/2010

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Would like to throw this out to the mom who wants her son to catch chicken pox, just because he has it once doesn't mean he won't get it again. I have had the chicken pox 5 times. We have done all the vaccinations and am very happy with our decision to do so, I think when people don't vaccinate they are not only putting their own kids at risk but mine as well.

Nicole - posted on 02/28/2010

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Emily I am happy to here this about your doctor. I would space them out too. You child is only a year old. I did not give the MMR until they were much older and had developed language. The chicken pox was given much later! The "schedule" is that a schedule you do not have to follow it to the letter. Follow your gut and do some research.

Emily - posted on 02/28/2010

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Personally I am an advocate for safe vaccination schedules. My pediatrician doesn't give any more than one shot a month for my children. It enables their system to process the one virus and move on to the next. I also have my kids on a chewable pro biotic every day so that their gut is equipped to handle the vaccinations. As for the Varicella vaccine goes, current research is showing that it's not very effective. Children are getting multiple cases of the chicken pox even after vaccination, and they have found that adults who have gotten this vaccine have developed cases of shingles (very painful). My children are waiting until they are 5 to get the MMR shot. A simple note from the doctor mollifies the school system and enables you to wait. It's a controversial vaccination, yes, I don't believe it causes autism, but I also think they are giving it to children too young, and it causes developmental delays, and can aggravate an already present situation where a child may be on the lower end of the autistic spectrum. Ultimately, I say go with your mommy gut. Mommy gut is usually always right and should always be followed. :)

Kim - posted on 02/28/2010

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My kids had them at different times. I'm really glad they did especially my son. He broke out from the MMR 2 wks after the shot and the same with the Varicella shot. Could you imagine if he had them both at the same time? He would have been more miserable than he was. I think if my kids were suppose to get them at the same time I would space them out. My younger ones, I think, had the MMR at 12 and 18 months and the Varicella at 15 months, something like that. Also when my youngest was suppose to get the Varicella my Grandmother and Mother were recovering from surgery and radiation/chemo from cancer so we put it off since there is a chance of others catching it. Good luck in whatever you decide.

Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2010

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I'm seeing a lot of mom's saying they are skipping the Varicella Shot. It's required here to have that shot before they enter school. Of course they will also accept a doctors note stating your child had the Chicken Pox if that's the case.

Jessica - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have 5 kids , well 4 so far have had this at their 1 year visit, no bad experiences. I get worried about the earlier shots and so many so young! The chicken pox has no posed a problem for any of mine, I think it's 2% who get an actual outbreak from it. I say I had to suffer through chicken pox, so should my kids, haha. But seems okay so far, but each child is different so you never know. You could do one and go back a couple of weeks later and do the other one if you feel uneasy, wouldn't hurt :)

Gina - posted on 02/28/2010

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out of 4 of my kids only 1 has had all of her shots.. we decided against getting any type of shots due to additional side effects caused by getting the... other than the occasional cold or ear infections my kids have been healthier having not had them... and my daughter who got hers until starting school hasn't had any problems what so ever with anything more dangerous than a cold or flu... but that is just our family..

Candi - posted on 02/27/2010

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Personally i thought it was better to have shots givin at one time. Normally when requested the will pull another nurse in and they will give the shots in both legs at the same time. then i would rub both legs for a few minutes and my kids were fine. The Chicken pox one is the one i was most afriad not to do, but i have seen kids get real real sick while having chicken poxs. Wish you the best of luck but go with what u feel is right for ur child.

Maria - posted on 02/27/2010

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I spread vaccinations out for my daughter. She had her MMR and booster at 2 and 2 1/2 years old. She has not yet had her Varicella vaccine, but might get it at her 3 year checkup in a couple of months.

By the way, because the Varicella vaccine is a live vaccine, people can still get shingles after getting vaccinated. There are not enough studies done yet to determine how often this occurs, or how severe the cases of shingles are in vaccine recipients.

Jessica - posted on 02/27/2010

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I think getting them at different times might be best. There is a lot of controversy around the MMR vaccine that I think its better to be safe then sorry.

Jeanette - posted on 02/27/2010

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Both of my kids had them both and at the same time. They were fine. I personally wouldn't worry about it.

Sherry - posted on 02/27/2010

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My best friend though she doesn't suggest for or against it suggests that it might be wise to vaccinate at once. She'd left the chicken pox one out and then purposely exposed my nephew (her son) to Chicken Pox.. She bemoned having done that stating it was not a fun experience...

That in itself, I'll be vaccinating my son against it when he's older as I know from experience that just because you catch chicken pox once doesn't mean you wont catch it or similar again... I've had both Chicken pox (2x) and Shingles (1x) do what you think its best but I'm sure that the shot might be best.. Seems to me it's only the once anyways.

Tara - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter has had both and she never had any kind of reaction other than her usual little bit of a sore spot where she got the shot. If you are unsure, I would consider having them spread out a bit, but wouldn't leave them out entirely. I had a really bad case of chicken pox when I was little and the only reason it wasn't worse was because I had the vaccination.

Jane - posted on 02/26/2010

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my kids had them and were fine. just expect that he'll be cranky 2 weeks after the shots for a day or two.

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Both my kids had the shots on schedule. At first I wondered if the varicella vaccine was necessary, but then I found out that shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It can lay dormant in your body for years after having chicken pox, then it flairs up and causes shingles. My grandma had shingles when she was in her seventies and another lady I know had them while she was pregnant. I felt it was best to go ahead and let them get the vaccine after I knew that.

Theresa - posted on 02/26/2010

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I personally skipped the chicken pox vacc with my kids. I feel that chicken pox aren't that big of deal. I also don't think we know enough about how well it works into adulthood. It is much more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult. Both of my older two had the actual chicken pox and were just fine. The oldest one was old enough he didn't have to have them before starting scool like they do now. He got them in 1st grade and my next son got them at the same time, he was 3. I now have a 17 month old daughter and I didn't get her the vacc. I'm hoping we can find someone to give her the actual chicken pox before she starts school. The problem is with so many vaccinating against them it's hard to find someone to give them to your kid. I may have to vacc her eventually, but for now I'm holding out. Her Ped was just fine with my decision for that. She just said if I want it done before she starts school I need to do it 6 months prior, then the second dose right before school starts. Good luck with your decision.

Judy - posted on 02/26/2010

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I have waited on the varicella until they reach school age. It is far better for kids to get a lifetime immunity by catching it naturally (if it happens) then having to get shots and then booster later on. If my kids had any type of illness and medical problems that would make getting chicken pox dangerous then that would outweigh it and I would get it for them when the doctor suggests

Susan - posted on 02/26/2010

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We did both and she did great. So far we haven't had any reactions from a vaccine.

Aileen - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son Zach just had his today.My older son Stephen had his a few years ago and is fine.

Caroline - posted on 02/26/2010

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I gave them both to my daughter when she turned 1, shes 3 now. and i'm going to have them both done for my other daughter, in May when she turns 1.

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