Re: s/o Why do you want your kids to have CP
When adults (who had CP as kids) are around kids with chicken pox they get a sort of natural "booster shot" which helps keep them from getting shingles. People who typically got shingles were much older, with weaker immune systems who hadn't been exposed to CP for a long time. Shingles are on the rise because adults aren't exposed to chicken pox anymore.
Originally Posted by MyLovely
It confuses me too, OP. People who get CP are at a higher risk of shingles than those who get vaccinated. I had a nasty but relatively normal case at age 6, and it SUCKED. I missed school and was miserable. My grandma had a very mild case and ended up with some nasty scars despite never scratching. I think that the lower risk of shingles paired with missing 7-14 days of misery is well worth getting one vaccine and a few boosters over a lifetime. Not to mention, staph and MRSA is all over the place these days, and I would never be able to forgive myself.
Interesting though-- in the past children RARELY ever got shingles. Now, with the chicken pox vaccine, kids are getting shingles. While the CP vaccine may save kids from CP, it's creating other side effects that may be worse.
Last edited by DesertRat; 01-13-2013 at 06:38 PM.