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22/08/2004, 11:40 PM
I have a question....
All 3 of my children have had the Chickenpox Vaccine but a little girl we know has just come down with Chicken Pox and she had actually been vaccinated.
Her Dr said they have now found the vaccine to not provide 100% protection so I am soooo worried my kids may catch it from playing with her before she came out in spots. I had CP at 18 and it was HORRIBLE.
So, has anyone else had any experiences with the vaccine failing?
On a good note however, it is still worth doing because the side effects of CP can be fatal (my friend died from CP) and the vaccine is still beneficial as its supposed to keep the virus to a bare minimum if you do get it.
But still, has anyone else found it to actually fail?
23/08/2004, 12:39 AM
My little boy had chicken pox exactly this time last year. It's not the nicest no.
Was planning to get the vax done but didn't get it in time before he was exposed to a carrier. Still, the next day, took him to GP and got him a needle and when he did get it, it was a milder case. So even if they do get it, hopefully it will be mild.
Have heard that it can have complications. Keep fluids up, lots of rest and definate isolation to avoid passing it on, but also to not catch other infections on top of it.
My chemist advised not to use calamine lotion as it dries the scabs out and increases chance of scarring.
Advised to use chickweed gel or chickweed lotion (both at the chemist in natural section) to keep moist and help with itching. It really did work as Nick wasn't that itchy and didn't get one scar.
Pine tar lotion in a bath is also good.
Good luck and hope 'this is something they don't get.
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23/08/2004, 08:50 AM
We'll be getting dd vaccinated some time next month. I have heard that you can still get cp after the vaccine but it would only be a mild case. I'd much rather see dd with a mild case than a really bad one.
We were also told by our gp to wait until she was 18mths, though I know of some others getting their kiddies done at 12mths.
Now this could be a rumour and I'll check with our gp, but I have also heard that booster cp vaccines are also recommended to keep up immunity.
23/08/2004, 09:50 AM
DS got his cp vaccine last week (11 months). We were at the gp because he caught a cold (and needed a med cert for childcare), she said that there's an outbreak of cp in Brisbane and a few CC have got it. She said there's no booster for a child but if I needed to get the vaccine, it would be 2 shots (I'm having a blood test to check if I'm immune or not). Also, she said some immunized children still get the cp but is much milder. Oilucy, your other 2 kids might not get it, just have to wait and see. All the best.
Me - 31
DH - 35
DS James 15/9/03
ttc #2 Oct 2004
23/08/2004, 10:33 AM
No vaccine is 100% effective. However, children who contract an illness after being vaccinated usually get a much milder form of the illness.
DS - 10/07/2002
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24/08/2004, 10:05 PM
Thanks so much for going to the trouble of replying. I am extremely happy to say that none of my 3 children caught it and neither did our carer's 2 children who had also been vaccinated but were exposed to her that day as well.
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