Posted by: Shoes | 2012/06/20


Chicken Pox

Hi Professor,

I have heard of mothers deliberately putting their children near other children that have Chicken Pox in order for their children to contract it. Is this a good idea?

Thank you for your time.

Expert's Reply



This is not necessary. In any case a very successful chicken pox vaccination is available these days. This can be given to children from 12 months upwards.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/06/20

The mothers who do this are those who say things like " then the child will have natural immunity"  - actually the child will have chicken pox and then develop immunity to it.

Children can still develop immunity to chicken pox but wihtout having to spend 2 weeks feeling sick and in horrid discomfort, risking scarring, getting shingles later in life, and the small but present risk of serious complications from chicken pox first by having a vaccine.

Unfortunately the mothers who wilfully expose their children to chicken pox fail to use basic logic.

Immunity is immunity - there isn''t " natural" and " unnatural" immunity.

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