Originally Posted by calico2222
I think I would want my children to have it rather than put another vaccine in their bodies. What does everyone else think?
Why on earth would you want to put your child through the horrid discomfort of Chickenpox!? It's painful! It's itchy! And there are risks that come with it too.
While Chickenpox is typically a benign, self-limited disease, serious complications can happen. About 14,000 people are hospitalized because of chicken pox and approximately 100 people die of chickenpox every year. The risk of complications is highest in people with compromised immune systems, newborns, and adults.
By preventing your child from being protected against Chickenpox, you are taking the risk of him/her being one of those 100 people who die! Why not take the small risk the other way? I'll tell you why! Fear mongering! And people buy into!
Here is a site that explains the complications very well. One of which is Shingles that occurs later in life, but you only get it if you have had Chickenpox.http://dermatology.about.com/cs/chic...hickencomp.htm
I've had Shingles! I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! It's horridly painful. And while I was lucky and caught it early enough and went on antiviral medications, many aren't. And those that aren't are subjected to horrid nerve pain to the area for the rest of their lives! And I mean seriously painful nerve pain.
Let me ask you something.
Cancer is a growing concern. Even people who do not have family histories of certain types of cancer or who have never smoked are getting cancer.
If there were a vaccine available that would prevent you from ever getting cancer, but that vaccine had to be administered before a certain age, and let's say that age was under 18 where a parent's permission was required, would you have your child vaccinated? Now remember, it would allow them to live the rest of their lives without the risk of ever getting any type of cancer. What about a vaccine for HIV/AIDS? Hep C? Or any number of other fatal incurable diseases?
Would you prefer to let your child go through their life with the chance of getting any one of those incurable diseases than to allow them one small second to get a vaccine that would protect them the rest of their lives?
Sure there are occasional complications from vaccines. But people fail to remember that those complications are few and far between and that the number of people who are vaccinated and do not experience any complications far out number the few
I'm sorry, but I can't buy into the archaic thinking that it is better to allow a child to become sick than to protect them with through advances in modern science.