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to ask at what age your child had Chicken Pox?

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goldilocksandmylittlebear Sun 14-Dec-08 22:15:35

So that I can decide when to give my DS the vaccine, choice of at the same time as MMR or over 4 weeks afterwards.

christywhisty Sun 14-Dec-08 22:17:50

DS was 3.3 and DD was 15months she caught it from DS.

thisisyesterday Sun 14-Dec-08 22:19:11

10 months

LiffeyCanSpellGeansaiNollaig Sun 14-Dec-08 22:19:34

My son got it at 9 months. He looked a sight, my friend's dd got it at 3 months. She was bf'd.

I didn't think they gave the varicella roster vaccine in blighty/ where are you?

dizzyjingles Sun 14-Dec-08 22:20:29

DD1 was 3 and I'm not sure if DD2 had it at the same time

if anyone is suffering can I please recommend Nelsons tea tree antiseptic cream for the spots - its wonderful stuff smile

WeWishEWEaMerryXmas Sun 14-Dec-08 22:20:55

I think you pay to have it, hence the choice.

My DD is 9months and not had it but interested to see response!

BakewellTarts Sun 14-Dec-08 22:21:20

DD had it 2 yrs 4 months.

DN had the jab very early, DB and DSIL paid for privately.

goldilocksandmylittlebear Sun 14-Dec-08 22:21:28

Blighty, but paying for it. Not sure what to do about timing now! I thought you would all say 2 or 3 years old!

ComeOVeneer Sun 14-Dec-08 22:21:39

DD was vaccinated when she was 3 so has never had it. DS will be 4 on Friday and has yet to have it.

edam Sun 14-Dec-08 22:22:32

ds was three. But I don't see why the age at which a bunch of random children got chickenpox has any bearing on which end of a four week period yours should have a vaccine. Even if everyone answered 'three', it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference as far as I can see.

ComeOVeneer Sun 14-Dec-08 22:24:00

Goldilocks are you aware that the vaccination is said to only last for about 10 years, and chicken pox later in life can be a lot ore unpleasant and serious, plus (obviously not an issue for your ds) can be a serious issue during pregnancy if you haven't had it. So my dd is going to need to repeat the vaccination every 10 years or so really.

goldilocksandmylittlebear Sun 14-Dec-08 22:24:09

In the US and Asia Canada etc its combined with MMR, the MMVR, my practice nurse said to leave in 4 weeks after the MMR. You have to leave it 4 weeks or have it all at the same time as live vaccines.

themoon66 Sun 14-Dec-08 22:24:09

DD when she was 4.

DS when he was 10 months... but then he went on to have it again at 5 year and again at 7 years.

TrinityRhino Sun 14-Dec-08 22:25:11

dd1 was 14 months
dd2 was 22 months
dd3 was 4 weeks and then 14 months

Wags Sun 14-Dec-08 22:25:12

DD was 2.1 and DS was 14wks. They both got it the same day, caught from my shingles.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 14-Dec-08 22:25:16

DS1 was 2.5, ds2 is now 6 months and not had it.

I'm with Edam - how does this help you to decide??

goldilocksandmylittlebear Sun 14-Dec-08 22:26:44

comeOveneer, I have been told by GP and read lots to say it lasts AT LEAST 25 years (only been around for 15 years) and this is increasing all the time.

thisisyesterday Sun 14-Dec-08 22:28:54

how can they possibly say it lasts at least 25 years if it has only been around for 15??? hmm

and doesn't that just mean they're even more at risk of it as adults when it is most dangerous?

goldilocksandmylittlebear Sun 14-Dec-08 22:30:25

Well in theory you can choose to have the vaccine whenever, likewise you can catch the pox whenever so I just thought would it be better to have it sooner or later?? Not 100% keen on it at the same time at MMR as in the states its combined, whilst here he would ahve to have 3 jabs in one day. I think 4 weeks after would be better but if lots of you had said your babies got it before 12 months I may have got it done 4 weeks before MMR.

You think I'm mad I know!

pooka Sun 14-Dec-08 22:31:19

DD was 3 and about 9 months

DS caught it from her and was about 18 months.

zazen Sun 14-Dec-08 22:31:57

DD had it at 11 months - very mild one ot two spots, then again at 3 years when she had quite a bad dose, lots of spots - and still has a scar on her torso.
I was thinking about having the vaccine as she's an only and I was worried she wouldn't get it at all, but she did!

goldilocksandmylittlebear Sun 14-Dec-08 22:32:31

thisisyesteday, they would ahve done trials before mass vaccination hence the 25 years bit. In the states they don't have more adults getting the pox so I'm not worried. You can always have a booster anyway.

zazen Sun 14-Dec-08 22:33:11

Oh BTW we have to pay about 45 euros for the vaccine and 70 euros for the appointment here. I'm very glad she got it naturally!

saggyhairyarse Sun 14-Dec-08 22:33:33

DS1 15 months
DD 3 years
DS2 4 months

ComeOVeneer Sun 14-Dec-08 22:33:43

DD had hers almost 4 years ago, in the USA and the paediatrician said not to expect immunity after 10 years, which means she potentially could catch it from 13 onwards. SO do we revaccinate at 13 or see if she gets it? From 13 onwards will she be much more sick with it. Then if she hasn't caught it by adulthood I guess she should revaccinate so she (or rather baby) is protected during pregnancy. With hindsight I would never have had her vaccinated.

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