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My advice would be not to have your child vaccinated for chicken pox. You do not need this. Chicken pox is a routine childhood illness and if you let your child get it, they will have natural immunity for the rest of their lives and the disease itself is self-limiting.

I was never vaccinated against chicken pox as a child and got it. I was not that unwell with it and I recovered within a week and I still have immunity to this day. I think I have always been healthier as a result, as my immune system became stronger as a result of having to deal with disease and develop antibodies towards it.

Why not have a look at some of the other posts on this board also. There is a case of a baby being vaccinated who was actually infectious with chicken pox after the vaccine. The doc said that it was just a reaction and the child's grandfather went near her and he actually caught shingles from his granddaughter who was infectious following vaccination with the chicken pox vaccine. Surely in this cirumstance it is better to let your child get chicken pox instead and develop their own immunity to it, which is certainly better and long lasting, whereas if you have a vaccine, you will probably only have to have her re-vaccinated at some stage because she has lost her immunity anyway.

Any vaccine is an attenuated and live form of the disease itself, so after your child has been vaccinated, they may actually get chicken pox anyway and be just as infectious as a child with chicken pox that they had contracted naturally from other kids.

I really do not understand why people would want to have their kids vaccinated against chicken pox these days. To my mind, it is a waste of time and money really.

Chicken pox is self limiting so forget the vaccine and let your child go and catch chicken pox and develop their own natural immunity to it, which is always best and they will keep this immunity for life once acquired. This can never be guaranteed with a vaccine though.

Good luck

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