Help! My dd(6) has leukaemia and has a very low immunity so chickenpox can be fatal.
One of her cousins, aged 8, just found out yesterday he has chickenpox and unfortunately he met another cousin, aged 6, on Sunday who me and DD met on Monday for a playdate. This cousin that we met, has not had chickenpox yet.
Does anyone know if dd needs an antiviral jab that will prevent chickenpox? She's never had chickenpox.
I've left a message with the Dr but his staff hasn't got back to me yet. Am frantic with worry.
I think you need to get on to your oncolgist or a Macmillan nurse asap.
CP is your immediate concern, but any infectious disease can be very, very serious to someone whose immune system is impaired by leukaemia: any of the many bugs doing the rounds now could cause a major problem.
It sounds to me as if you need profesdional advice on infection control and what to do if you suspect exposure (to anything).
I hope it goes well, and you can keep safe from all infections.
Alouiseg, thanks so much. Crikey, yes they have to watch out for a lot of things, don't they. How's your DS doing now? Has he completed his chemo? Which type of leukaemia did he have?
Thanks onimolap. The nurse finally called me back, and she said the Dr said not to worry and that dd needs the jab only if she has had direct contact with the chickenpox patient. Phewwwww. i think you're right though abt needing professional advice re infection control!! i hadn't asked her about that. maybe we'll just try and keep indoors and stay away from crowded places for now until the chickenpox epidemic dies down... what other major bugs are there right now??
oh another question: my mum cant remember if she has had chickenpox but she too met the chickenpox cousin on Sunday...but based on what Fanjo says, it is safe to see her this week? at least before 10 days? as this is the minimum incubation period i think? (10-21 days, based on what i've googled)
Just wanted to sat that you dont get shingles from contact with chicken pox as shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox had at an earlier time i.e. you cant get shingles without having had chicken pox in the past.
hey seona, oh right, yes i thought that was the case but wasn't sure...
alouiseg, it is isn't it!! and i'm still working full-time at the same time! god am so relieved and thankful that we're just about halfway there. she is 6, and will be 7 in feb...thinking of going back to school next year as chemo will be less intense and less frequent.