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- Nov 7, '11 by chimpanzeeuhh weird
- Nov 8, '11 by dream'nQuote from TheCommuterAcquiring the chicken pox generally produces life-long immunity, whereas the immunity with the vaccine tends to wane over time.The varicella vaccination for chickenpox did not exist during my early childhood years. I was afflicted with chickenpox at the age of three or four while attending preschool in the middle 1980s. I still have never been vaccinated for it.
Fast forward to 2009. I was 28 years old and had titers drawn per the requirement of the RN completion program that I was attending. I found it amazing that, some 25 years after I had contracted chickenpox, I still had immunity to varicella according to the results of my titer.
- Nov 8, '11 by dream'nQuote from country momThe varicella vaccine is SQ. I am not anti-vaccination by any stretch of the imagination, but I do not care for the varicella vaccine. Immunity is generally life-long if one gets the chicken pox, but they have now found that the immunity provided by the vaccine wanes with time. That is why a booster shot is now recommended around the pre-teen years. My worry is that the booster protection will also wane and young adults aren't the best at updating their vaccines. Therefore, we may see a surge of varicella cases in that age group soon, when their risks are higher for adverse events.Notice the photo? Looks to low for an IM deltoid injection.
Second question, how is sending used lollipops and playing with sick kids so you can catch their disease better than going and getting a vaccine? I just don't understand the anti-vaccine movement. It's bad to get vaccinated, but it's okay to expose yourself to someone else's body fluids?
Chicken pox parties I understand, but the lollipop thing? Ehh, gross!
- Nov 8, '11 by Not_A_Hat_PersonI had chicken pox when I was 7. My husband and his twin brother managed to avoid it as kids (their 7 other siblings got it). Hubby's older brother ended up getting chicken pox in his 40s, from his 2-year old. Hubby got the vaccine a month later, though his PCP made him jump through multiple hoops. You'd think they would know that it's better for a 40+ man to get the chicken pox vaccine than to get the chicken pox.