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The Duggar Kids Got the Chickenpox; Has Your Child?

When one child has chickenpox, chances are his siblings will get them, too! The illness can spread easily when the infected kiddo does everyday things like cough, sneeze, or share a sip of a drink or a bite of a sandwich. Imagine what it's like when chickenpox enters the Duggar home! In tonight's episode of 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle find their family covered in spots and have to keep the youngsters away from baby Josie. Have your tots had chickenpox?

amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I'm sorry but my 10 years experience, not to mention the science behind how the virus is triggered disagrees anon 16.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I'm sorry, but some of this is backwards. If you get Varicella aka chicken pox, the disease stays with you forever. While this may prevent further infections of Varicella, it makes you susceptible to Herpes Zoster, better known as Shingles. Shingles is extremely painful and can be very harmful. It usually occurs in people over the age of 50 who have compromised immune systems. Shingles is a reactivation of the Varicella virus. Getting the vaccine as a child will prevent the virus from lying dormant during the patients life, thus significantly reducing the chances of getting Shingles. All elderly adults who have had Chicken Pox are strongly advised to get Zostavax at age 50, and again at 65 to help prevent Shingles from occurring. Zosta is incredibly expensive(400.00 a pop here is CA), and Medicare doesn't cover it because it's preventative. I don't like to come off as a know it all, but I saw so many elderly patients in misery because of Shingles. Chicken Pox is child's play compared to Shingles, and I preferred to vaccinate my son as a child so he wouldn't have to worry about Shingles when he's elderly. Don't take my word, here's the CDC:
vabeachbum vabeachbum 7 years
Thanks blackjade! Like I said, I don't plan on having kids for another year or so, but my husband and I want to do our research now so we're not making spur of the moment decisions when it comes to this stuff.
blackjade blackjade 7 years
I mentioned to my Dr that I'd had chickenpox when I was 11 and she said "Good, then your set for life." She said that while the vaccine is good to have, it doesn't actually give life long immunity while actually having it does. oh and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) is a good one to get - not that you're children will become deathly ill if they contract the diseases but trust me children get sick enough as it is, if you can prevent several weeks of misery in a 3 year old (and the rest of the family be default) - it's a good thing.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 7 years
Anyone know anything about mumps and measles? I have heard mixed things about how severe those are... any info would be great!
vabeachbum vabeachbum 7 years
I don't have kids yet, but I don't intend to vaccinate for chicken pox. My sisters and I all had it as kids and we all turned out fine. Getting the disease conveys lifetime immunity, but if you get vaccinated you have to keep getting boosters to maintain it. I will vaccinate for the diseases that are really serious (like rubella... not bad for the kid that gets it, but if you are pregnant and contract it, it will cause a miscarriage or severe birth defects) but not relatively harmless ones like chicken pox. Still making up my mind about mumps and measles.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
No, we vaccinate, so hopefully that will eliminate or at least lessen the disease in my kids.
BellaH68 BellaH68 7 years
Edit: Its dangerous to get Chicken Pox as an adult.
BellaH68 BellaH68 7 years
What I just dont understand is why give your kids the Chicken Pox vax? Its dangerous for adults to get Chicken Pox as an adult. We all had it as kids and were fine. When my son is old enough, if I find out any of his friends have Chicken Pox, I'm bring my son over for a playdate! We vaccinate...but not ones that seem uneccessary to me, like the flu or Chicken Pox.
SarahPW SarahPW 7 years
Kids should be vaccinated- there is NO medical evidence that links vaccinations to any sort of developmental issues in children. Why let your child suffer, when a simple shot can prevent sickness. I just don't understand.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
That's what I thought ^^ ... that kids today are vaccinated.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
No, my kid was vaccinated.
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