By kinzielee - 05/01/2016 17:41 - United States - Largo
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Hopefully they're not those idiots that thinks vaccines cause autism or avoid them for stupid religious reasons.... but I wouldn't be surprised. Sounds pretty likely in this case tbh.
OP is 26. We usually get our childhood vaccinations by 2 years old. OP would have been about 6 when the chicken pox vaccine came out in 1995. So his parents may have gotten him the initial vaccines, but not have known to get him the chicken pox one. I'm 4 years older so I never got one either. We had "pox parties" so we would catch it in our youth. Sucks you got them OP, hopefully they don't stay long!
@107 according to the CDC site, it was licensed in the US in 1995. Maybe you should have read further. Just because it was commercially available doesn't mean it was available everywhere or to everyone. When was the last time you bought a vaccine commercially? http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/varicella/
#107, the stipulation you bring up, with it not being commercially available in the US, is a pretty big jump to a conclusion that #6 had not specified. "Come out" could mean any number of things, discovery, creation, mass production, commercially available and then commercially available by country. So yes, while it wasn't commercially available in the US in '84, it was commercially available in '84, so technically it "came out" in '84.
Not giving the chickenpox vaccine to children is common, as it's less bother for them to catch it and develop immunity naturally as I understood it? The fact you didn't get it as a child and have it now is awful though, I hope it's not too bad. (I'll say now I fully support necessary vaccination and I don't think they cause autism or any other such idiotic beliefs, speaking as a future doctor)
I'm also 26. The chickenpox vaccine was not available until my sister, who is 8 years younger than me, was little. By then, most people in our age bracket had already been exposed. My daughter received the chicken pox vaccine and still got the chicken pox, however because she'd had the vaccine it did not present the way it should have and we would up in the ER. After that, I began to question vaccines and discovered that the risks were not worth it, considering most viruses were not life-threatening. I actually got whooping cough the past year. It wasn't fun, but I discovered it's not any more fatal than a bad cold. Yes, some people can die of a bad cold. And if they could figure out a vaccine for it, I'm sure they would have it. It's true chicken pox isn't fun, and it sucks that they called you a sinner and said you deserved it, but don't blame them for not vaccinating you. As parents, we each just do what we believe to be best. And the vaccine wasn't available until you were probably closer to 10. And my daughter still got chicken pox even with the vaccine.
No shit, whooping cough isn't fatal for a 25 year old. For a baby? It can be. My mum's friend thought along the same lines as you, she'd had whooping cough and didn't think it was that bad, so decided the pregnancy vaccine 'wasn't necessary'. Her 4 month old son however was far less able to cope than she was and ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and renal failure and very nearly died.
IMO, that's selfish as hell of you to decide that. Not only for your daughter, but also for other children she might come in contact with. You might be dangering those other kids, since they might be too young to have been vaccinated and react badly to a disease your daughter might infect them with. Just because you believe that's the best thing to do, doesn't mean it really is. Doctors have studied medicine for many, many years, maybe you should listen to them since they know a lot more about the dangers of not vaccinating than you would after a few clicks on google.
I decided to stay on track for exactly that reason. my 3 month old daughter got viral meningitis when she was 5w old. we were in the hospital for 3 days while tests were done and antibiotics given. my Dr asked if I was comfortable vaccinating her a week and a half later and I said I wasn't sure, I know it's better to do it but is it safe or will she react. we vaccinated her to try to prevent her getting it again because the things we vaccinate against can potentially cause you to catch it and anyone can be a carrier and not know.
Not only do you endanger a child's life, if you want to risk your own child's life that's on you. But the children should at least have their own schools and places so children who actually CAN'T get it don't have to risk their life because of another parents stupidity. Not only are there children too young, children who's health doesn't allow vaccinations are endangered.
Two of my children were vaccinated against the chicken pox. One of my children wasn't. All three caught it. The two vaccinated against it caught it within a year of getting the vaccine. One of the big reasons parents tend to skip the varicella vaccine is because it's not that effective.
98% effective according to the CDC. Your sample size of 3 kids is a mere anecdotal anomaly. The vaccine works so well that so few kids are getting it now that there is an increase in shingles because of a lack of second exposure boosting immunity when adults take care of kids who have chicken pox.
OP here. Yes, my parents are religious. Orthodox Jews. I never thought anything about it, I'm from Central Europe. Things were not this standard. it was always just a "for religion exemption". Now that I understand what the hell is up, I have gotten all the shots I can get as an adult, my arse hurts, my arm hurts, my thigh hurts. But I don't have to worry about whooping cough and polio. So there is that. Also, Chicken Pod as an adult, I was told it could be much worse, I only have some scars. THANKFULLY!!!! :D