Here, five reasons to skip the pox pops and parties and get your kids vaccinated:
- Getting the chickenpox vaccine is much safer than getting the disease. Many parents wonder whether it’s better for their child to get infected with chickenpox or to get the vaccine, and there really should be no question. The vaccine, which is given in two doses at least three months apart, usually around age 1, is made up of a weakened version of the virus that cannot cause full-blown disease. Adverse reactions are the exception, not the rule — and when they do occur, they’re generally very mild. About 20 percent will have temporary soreness or redness at the injection site, and 10 percent will have a slight fever. More serious problems like seizures are exceedingly rare: Less than .1 percent of kids who get the vaccine experience such a response, compared with 10 percent of kids who don’t get the vaccine and require medical attention for serious complications associated with chickenpox.
- Chickenpox is no picnic — for you or your child. Even mild cases are uncomfortable and inconvenient. Most children with chickenpox first develop cold-like symptoms, followed by a fever and then as many as 500 itchy, fluid-filled blisters that begin on the head or chest and quickly spread to the rest of the body. Some unlucky kids may also experience vomiting or diarrhea. This can last for up to 10 days, during which time your child will be unable to attend school and will need to be cared for and watched for signs of infection. About 1 in 10 children will develop a complication such as pneumonia, secondary skin lesions, dehydration, or, in rare cases, encephalitis (swelling of the brain). A few may even die.
- Not vaccinating your children puts other children at risk, too.
- Doctor aghast as lollipops used to spread chickenpox (ctv.ca)
- Some parents are idiots (bio230fall2010.wordpress.com)
- Vaccine Drastically Cut Chickenpox Deaths: CDC (huffingtonpost.com)
- Parents Warned Not to Give Children Chickenpox Lollipops (shoppingblog.com)
- Chickenpox Lollipops? Vaccination Fears Lead to Pox Parties (inquisitr.com)