September 21st, 2004, 12:54 PM
DS #2 was sent home from school yesterday with a fever (100.7 - not horribly high for him). So today i kept him home, and he's developing dots...they definitely aren't heat rash - I'm familiar enough with that...these look like the start of chicken pox. Anyone know what the likelyhood of this actually being chicken pox despite the fact that he got the vaccine?
September 21st, 2004, 01:03 PM
My friends DD had chicken pox last year even though she had been vaccinated. I'm not sure how often it happens though. The good news is that her DD had a very, very light case of it. Hardly any dots and they didn't last too long. Her doctor said the fact that it never got very bad was due to the vaccine (even though it didn't completely prevent it).
September 21st, 2004, 01:34 PM
Thanks Mamacat - that would seem to be his case too if that indeed is what is going on. He's "mildly" sick today with a few dots, on his face and chest - not itchy yet, but they sure do look like the initial dots. *sigh*
September 21st, 2004, 02:23 PM
The vaccine reduces the likelihood of clinical illness by 70% after exposure, according to the Merck Manual. So yeah, it seems he can still get it.
Hope he feels better soon!
September 23rd, 2004, 06:14 AM
The good news is that the doctor does not think it's chickenpox. The bad news is that it's a "non-specific" coxackie (sp) virus. He sent him back to school. *shrug*At least that gets him out of the house, we were driving each other crazy!!!
September 23rd, 2004, 06:20 AM
Both of my children were vaccinated before school..and BOTH of my kids got them. My sons case was a very mild one..my daughter on the other hand was in misery...I will never forget how awful she felt.....
She missed her kindergarten graduation bcause of them....Poor dolly! :(
September 23rd, 2004, 10:36 AM
Just FYI, there are many "vaccine-preventable" diseases that are commonly got by vaccinated people. You might be interested to google National Vaccine Information Center.
September 24th, 2004, 12:00 PM
I hope I'm not angering anyone by posting this, but vaccines do not last a lifetime. I don't know how long the chicken pox vaccine lasts, but it could eventually wear off when the child is an adult, and he or she could get chicken pox. We've all heard how chicken pox becomes more dangerous if it's contracted when the person is older, so I personally think this vaccine is not such a good idea.
Of course, this is just my belief, but I thought I'd throw it in as something to consider.
September 24th, 2004, 07:30 PM
I am with moonstone, but like she said, it's just an opinion. I had the chicken pox as a child, I have scars (only a few) but I lived over it quite healthy.