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So...we went to playgroup today, and everyone was well. Afterward, my friend was putting her little two yr old down for a nap, and noticed that he had clear bumps/blisters all over his back! She put him down for a nap and called the pediatrician. When he woke up from nap, they spread to his arms and chest. She took him in, and he might have chickenpox! They have to see how the next couple of days go, but ahhh! Of course, he was playing wih William on the floor...I guess that we can't prevent everything, but man!
I often wonder if the vaccine is as good as getting them first hand.
If you catch chickenpox as a kid, you're immune as an adult BUT you can get shingles later in life. I came down with shingles four days before my wedding day. The bright red blistering rash spread across my chest and back, and the wedding dress didn't cover it. It took about 2 months to heal. I had to photoshop it out of every wedding picture. It was the most painful thing I've ever had and the worst timing ever. So ... I think it's better to get the vaccine to avoid the whole shingles thing later.
The vaccine doesn't protect against shingles. Shingles is caused by the virus laying dormant in your spinal nerves, whether from being exposed naturally or from the vaccine, and being reactivated in times of stress, illness, etc. And they are now finding the vaccine doesn't protect as well from chickenpox as once thought so the new recommendation is a booster shot every 10yrs. Getting the virus will create stronger immunity to chickenpox, but the downside is if you don't get exposed in childhood it can be much worse on an adult. I wouldn't want to deal with chickenpox in a young baby either though. I actually did senior research on chickenpox in college, as I found it interesting I never got it, in spite of being repeatedly exposed in childhood.
Amanda- Mom to Dylan 11yo, Mikayla 7yo, and Arielle 3yo, and Juliet born April 20, 2012!