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I live in Australia where the chicken pox vaccine has only recently become widely available. I would recommend to any parent to have their child vaccinated and also to be vaccinated themselves if they did not have CP as a child. I contracted chicken pox from someone's child at the age of 34 and I didn't know you could be so sick and not die from it. I was horrendously ill for several weeks and for months afterwards I was exhausted and found my concentration span and ability to think clearly were severely affected. My neighbour told me her brother-in-law died after developing respiratory problems when he caught chicken pox from one of his children (he had no pre-existing illnesses). CP may well be a "mild" disease for a lot of children but it can be fatal in both children and adults, and adults contracting the disease certainly seem to be far more at risk of having a severe case of CP and also developing complications.

It's a horrible experience having any of these "childhood diseases" as an adult, and the more we can do to avoid transmission, the better. As immunisation/vaccination has been around for 50 years or so, people tend to forget the absolute havoc and heartbreak caused by outbreaks of polio, tetanus, diptheria, measles etc up until around the 1950s and early 1960s. Whether vaccination causes problems in itself is a subject that is endlessly debated, but what IS known is that many people died or were left brain-damaged or permanently disabled/crippled by these diseases (and many others) before vaccines were developed and I don't think anyone would want to see a return to those days.

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