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Chicken pox

Updated: Jun 18, 2019

This is a blog I can’t believe I’m writing. I can’t believe worry over chicken pox is actually a thing. I had chicken pox as a kid. I had the worst case my doctor had ever seen. And yet, all I remember is lots of oatmeal baths, itching, and lots of tv. It keeps going through my head that I had a conversation once, where a good friend told me that people didn’t get these vaccines because of fear, but because of the inconvenience of having sick kids and missing a week of work. I just can’t believe that logic exists.

I know this isn’t one of the biggest worries, but I’m going through them all, and I actually had a story with this particular illness. 

For those of you who lived the hell with us last summer, it probably seems like the bad stories will never end. It definitely felt that way. A few short weeks after the accident, Tyler had come home, and spiked a low fever. With how extensive his burns were, even a mild fever was a concern. Off to the hospital we went, in the middle of a hurricane. The ER doctor sees a mild rash on his chest under his wraps that I had thought was heat rash, and immediately began to test for staph. We got admitted, went upstairs, and began the intake questionnaire. 

No matter how many times they see you, they ask at every admission about vaccines. The doctor was doing his checkup while the nurse asked questions. He heard Tyler wasn’t vaccinated, found two mosquito bites on his stomach, and assumed it must be chicken pox. He completely ignored the suggestion of staph, and when it came back that it WAS NOT chicken pox, sent Tyler home saying it must have been a UTI. We returned a few days later with his burns covered in MRSA. They missed a MAJOR life threatening infection because of fear over vaccines.

So let’s talk a bit about chicken pox. Chicken pox, or varicella, is characterized by small puss filled pox all over the body that eventually scab over, a fever, and possibly headaches. It is typically caught during childhood. 

The vaccine was  introduced in 1995. That year, there were 120,000 cases of chicken pox reported, and 115 deaths. The year before, there were 150,000 cases reported and 124 deaths. That means, there was a .08% chance of dying from chicken pox BEFORE the vaccine. However, NVIC states “Between March 1995 and July 1998, the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) received 6, 574 reports of health problems after chickenpox vaccination. That translates into 67.5 adverse events per 100,000 doses of vaccine”. That’s a .07% chance of an adverse reaction from the vaccine.

Arguably, the cases of chicken pox did go down. However, what happened was twofold. 1.) the vaccine shed, causing the virus in some, and since it wasn’t the wild strain, children started catching it more than once. 2.) since the virus was introduced to the system but didn’t actually create true immunity, children started catching shingles, which had once been an illness reserved for the childless elderly. 

What’s even worse, is that the antibodies produced from having wild chicken pox helps the fight against brain cancer. A cancer that was injected with the  polio vaccine starting in the 50s. 

There are some complications that can be associated with chicken pox, but most come from giving Motrin during the infection. Giving Motrin during chicken pox creates a horrible bacterial infection. This is widely known in other countries, but has not been as widespread here. Avoid Motrin, and it is typically very mild.

The final blow, at least for me, is that the UK, who follows the rest of the vaccine schedule, doesn’t even vaccinate for chicken pox because of the dangers of the vaccine, and the mildness of the illness. 

Decide for yourself, but I’ll take my odds with chicken pox. 

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Chicken pox vaccine causes shingles  https://www.news-medical.net/news/2005/09/01/12896.aspx https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/news/20180904/shingles-on-the-rise-among-younger-people Chicken pox vaccine sheds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3096786/ Death rates from Chicken pox  Appendix E has disease and death rates by year. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/appendix/index.html

Death rates and adverse reactions to the vaccine

https://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Chickenpox/chickenpoxfacts.aspx Chicken pox may reduce risk of brain cancer  https://www.bcm.edu/news/cancer/chicken-pox-may-reduce-risk-of-brain-cancer https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/cam4.682 Polio vaccine gave us cancer  Sv40 in polio vaccine  http://web.archive.org/web/20110307094146/https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/updates/archive/polio_and_cancer_factsheet.htm SV40 causes brain cancer  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC452549/ Motrin and chicken pox https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001592.htm http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Chickenpox/Pages/Treatment.aspx http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/07/the-little-known-dangers-of-motrin.aspx Children in UK don’t get cp vaccine  https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/childrens-health/why-are-children-in-the-uk-not-vaccinated-against-chickenpox/


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