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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: E.K | 2008/01/29

Q.

Chicken Pox Vaccine

My LO just turned 12 months now, and went for check up. The Paed informed me that if I want to I can consider the chicken pox vaccine.

Now I'm not sure. If you give them the vaccine, how long will they stay immune??? WIll they still be immune when LO is 30 years old? I know it is much worse for an adult to get chicken pox. Just want to try and figure out what is the best thing to do.

What do you recommend??

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are asking an important question because the chicken pox vaccine while very effective, may not be as effective as the other immunisations for long term cover.Discuss this with your paediatrician before you make an informed decision about this vaccination.

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Posted by: Minnie | 2008/01/30

Hi EK

I just asked the nurse at Dischem the same question this morning. She said, that because so many kids are being vaccinated, the kids without the vaccine, never gets any exposure to the virus, and in that way building up their resistance in small amounts. So that when they do get it, it is so bad, that it can develop into shingles. She told me to get the vaccine and rather be safe, and then to repeat it when theyre 20 or whaterver. At least then they can go by themselves!

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