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Chicken pox experts, virologists Saint George and anyone else, I need advice.
I'm on high dose steroids (70mg prednisone if that makes any difference). DS going to a brithday party on saturday where 3 children have exposure to a child who developed CP within a couple of days of playing with them. Presumably will not know by then if any of them have developed it.
DS has had a shit few weeks and don't want to stop him going if any way around it..
How high is risk of me catching it (probably no answer to that) How bad would it be if I caught it - I'm guessing not good by the warnings i've been given. How easy is the prevention (immunoglobulins?) for me - I'd be prepared to take the risk if it just means an injection to prevent me getting it Is me getting a CP vaccine in advance an option?
advice they give me is "try not to expose yourself to CP virus" thanks helpful. But when you have a slightly anxious 2 year old who's had a terribly unsettled week... well there's quite a lot you'd put up with to see them happy isn't there?
Am thinking if it would be easy to get an injection then I would. I wonder if there is a virology dept someone who could tell me.
are you sure you haven't had chicken pox, kew? your ma may have just forgotten. maybe get tested to see? although, i suppose, even if you had , doesn't mean you can't get it - or shingles - again, i suppose.. sorry, that was as much use as a chocolate teapot, wasn't it? as you were.. best check with a virology dept..... (glad your ma's OK, btw.)
I think you might have to prove you have been exposed, eg presenting a poxy progeny, and off the top of my head they will give it after you have been exposed. Certainly if you are on long term high dose steroids.
oh bollcky bollocks I know you are all right. We shouldn't go should we. Though I was told that you need to be on nigh doses for more than 3 weeks to be counted as immunosuppressed and I will only have been on them about 2.5 weeks by party time, maybe that would give me more protection. [hopeful emoticon]
Bugger, I am getting a mailerdaemon reply so address must be out of date.
From memory, we classed 2 weeks on high dose steroids (40mg+) as immunosuppressed - that is they would qualify for immediate dosage when handing out the immunoglobulin.
On-hand stocks were always limited, so we had to have a 'scale of urgency' if there was a CP outbreak. You would be high up on that scale Kew.
Vaccine wasn't out in my day so not entirely sure, but I have a vague recollection that most vaccines effectively have the same 'incubation' period as the relevant disease. In this case it would be 10-21 days, so I guess it would take that long from jab to immunity. Plus of course there is the additional risk of actually contracting CP from the jab itself.
Sorry mate but, honest opinion, I think the party is off for you and DS
Give it up kew. Incubation period for CP is 10-14 days so if your ds contracted it at the weekend that would mean for the next 10-14 days and around 7 days into the spotty stage he'd be contagious. And you would definitely be immunosuppressed by then.
Sorry to be a party-pooper. I may have to be a worse party-pooper myself next week as it's dd's birthday and party. 16 little girls are invited, all excited, and I don't know if I'll be able to do it.
Hi Kew. Not much to add really but sending sympathy from another pred dependant here. Think you are making the right decision, 70mg is a mighty high dose. So sorry tho, know what it's like when you feel like you're letting your kids down being ill. It's a complete bugger. take care.
I have done a bit more research and it seems that Cp spots did not appear until late MOnday night at earliest and snotty nose on Sunday. Have been told that CP is not infectious during incubation stage and that unlikely to be infectious before snotty nose stage.
Am going to investigate if anyone was exposed on Sat or after otherwise we may be safe...
Stubborn aren't I?
Still on 70mg this week but can come down to 60mg next week (whoop-de-do!)