No cons. Pro is no pox, no complications, no itching, no scarring, no contagiousness, no time off nursery, school, work.... Call the Portland Hospital and ask the switch for a paediatrician who can administer it.
We used Dr. Fang at the Portland. Budget for two separate injections -- it isn't cheap.
It's part of the required schedule in the US (I'm American), so that's why we did it.
I have read that the reason it isn't in mainstream use in the UK is because of concerns that vaccinating all the children will mean more elderly people get shingles -- apparently all the virus going around keeps shingles at bay. I don't know (and don't know if anyone knows, really) how having the vaccine affects one's chances of getting shingles later in life.
It doesn't last for ever so you need to get a new one. You then have the virus so could get shingles. I would of got it for my kids if they hadn't had it by the time they got to high school. Unless there is a reason for them to have it i wouldn't get it. |We have amine systems for a reason if we vaccinate against things that don't normally kill they have to do something maybe that's why we now have lots of allergies.
I got my 2 vaccinated at the local GP: just had to pay for the cost of the vaccine (£25 per shot, they need 2 each). Not all GPs will do it but a lot will if you ask. If they do it will most likely be the cheapest option.
It is a live vaccine (like MMR, I believe in other countries it is given as a combined vaccine with the MMR) so some reaction in the first 24hrs is common. I think of it like just getting a very mild dose of chicken pox: you are effectively training the immune system to recognise the infection. It does mean a vaccinated person has just the same risk of getting shingles later in life as someone who has had chicken pox.
The vaccine has existed for many years, is given on the NHS to vulnerable groups, and is given routinely in a number of other western countries. Personally I believe it is pretty barbaric that we expect kids here to suffer the illness and the potential risks that come with it.
We had it at babyjabs in London when he was 14 mo, second jab gave him a mild form of pox with fever few spots etc For my second I ll wait till he's 2 before I do it as too many vaccine at the same time Whole of Europe does it other than us so I wouldn't worry about it - I did it too when I was a baby
cons, it does not provide lifelong immunity. If your immunity wanes as an adult you are more likely to have complications if you contract CP. The vaccine doesn't work as well in adults so you may be left without immunity when you are more vulnerable. NHS link for info on the vaccine
Personally, seeing as it is usually a mild/self limiting disease in children ( See NHS link) I think it makes more sense to allow them to contract it when they are young and have lifelong immunity to it unless they fall into one of the groups mentioned in the above link . If they have not contracted by the time they are teenagers then I think it makes sense to vaccinate - particularly girls given that CP can cause complications if contracted during pregnancy.