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October 7th, 2006, 09:11 PM
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Alyssa is going to be almost 16 months old when she goes back to the doctors for her Chicken Pox shot however we had her MMR shot giving in 3 sessions instead of all at once. She just got her last shot a week ago and it was the Rubella. It wont be a full month when she goes back...do you think its still ok to have her get the Chicken Pox shot or should I wait?

Im of course going to ask the doctor too!

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October 7th, 2006, 09:36 PM
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The AAP recommends that the MMR shot and chicken pox shots be done at the same time. However, if they aren't given at the same time then they recommend that you wait at least one month between them.
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October 7th, 2006, 09:37 PM
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(Hope you don't mind me answering since I'm from the other side of the fence )

I would wait because with live vaccines (rubella and varicella vaxes are both live) you have the option of either getting them the same day (this is not usually recommended) or waiting at least 28 days between doses of live vaccines. Live vaccines weaken a child's immune system during that 28 days, so if she gets the rubella vax and then gets the varicella vax too soon there is a significantly greater chance of her contracting chicken pox from the vaccine. Also if your doctor didn't mention it, your dd can be contagious for up to 28 days after a live vaccine is given, so it is a really good idea to have her avoid contact with pregnant women who have not reached 20 weeks yet, since rubella is a danger to the unborn baby before 20 weeks gestation.
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October 10th, 2006, 08:48 PM
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Thanks sooo much for the info...

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