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Would you ever expose your child to something like chicken pox? I know we've probably heard about the chicken pox parties. So would you ever purposely expose your child to another child with chicken pox in hopes to gain natural immunity?
No. Like the pp said, the reason we have vaccines is to prevent those diseases because they were never just some right of passage--they were potentially lethal. If we didn't have the chicken pox vaccine though--that's a tough call. Supposedly, its more serious when you're older, so I might have tried to have my sons catch it when they were in early elementary school, but I'm not sure. I'm just glad we have the vaccine now so I don't have to worry about chicken pox parties now!
Agreed. Now (that there's a vaccine), no definitely not. Prior to the chicken pox vaccine, you bet! I know somebody that got them in her early 20's (prior to the vax). She purposely got them (she was a teacher) thinking it was better to get them then than on down the road. She ended up in the hospital for quite a while...
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Only reason I dont do the chicken pox one is that here its a pricey one, and my first 3 kids had it and all three got the chicken pox (all at the same time, yeah, that wasnt fun), one quite severely, so theres something in our genes that just arent quite taking it.
Wouldnt do a chicken pox party though, if they get it they get it if they dont they dont.
Absolutely not. If there were no vaccine, I think so - if I did, it would be the younger the better, because I know and have seen that it is much more serious and severe the older the person is when they contract it. I too remember being miserable with chicken pox as a child but I have seen it much much worse on adults friends, and they scarred as well.
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Not sure. Some children I know got it from the vaccine. I had it twice, guess the first illness didn't take. I had an uncle that got it three times, and my brother got it twice as well. My husband had it as an adult and was really ill. After the vaccination, I would when she's still young. If there's a chance it didn't work, I'd rather her have it small than as a grown up.