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Chicken Pox (Parties vs. Vaccinations)

Posted Jan 26 2012 1:38pm

I remember having the chicken pox like it was yesterday. I was about 5 years old, and was sitting on my kitchen counter in my old house in Connecticut, while my mom was making food in the kitchen. I remember wearing jeans and having this UNBEARABLE urge to itch my whole body, and being super uncomfortable. My mom noticed how uncomfortable I was and came over, and checked my legs, only to see those infamous red spots all over my body: the chicken pox. I couldn’t go to my school Christmas concert that night, because I was covered in the pox, and my mom didn’t want me to infect any more kids in my class.

Now a days, much to my surprise, kids are having two extremes to the Chicken pox virus: either they are getting vaccinated against it, or their parents are having pox parties to make sure that the kids get it while they are young. Both are pretty interesting to me.

I know many kids get vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, etc. because those are life threatening illnesses to children. Chicken pox? Not so much. I feel like we live in a day and age where certain vaccines are completely necessary for overall public health. Others, are more debatable. The risk with the Chicken pox vaccine is that later on in life, these titers will go down, and another shot will most likely need to be delivered. As most of us know, chicken pox in adult hood could be deadly, causing extensive scars, both on the inside and outside of the body.

The other extreme is to have pox parties. Now, let me preface this by saying, I have never heard of a “Pox Party” before moving to Seattle. The mentality when I was growing up was that if you had chicken pox, you were going to stay home from school because it would spread like wildfire through the class. After moving to Seattle, and learning more about alternative healthcare, through classmates that have children or through my own reading, parents are now wanting their kids to play with others who have chicken pox, so they could naturally become immune to this problem.

Kid’s immune systems are apt to handle the chicken pox. Maybe that’s why nature intended for us to get it while we are young. Essentially, it is up to you as a parent to decide whether or not to vaccinate your child against various diseases they could contract. Stay informed. Be educated. Make the right decision for your child, for you, and for your family.

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