Chicken Pox Vaccine Athens AL

I know controversies surround a number of childhood vaccines. In particular, why should I give my child the chicken pox vaccine if it is such a mild and normal childhood illness? My advice is not to vaccinate, but instead to expose your child to chicken pox if you can, since the disease itself confers lifelong immunity. The vaccine, on the other hand, does not. Once its protection declines (after about 10 years), your child would be susceptible to chicken pox as a young adult.

Yousuf Musarrat Afroze MD
(256) 232-0801
1005 West Market Street
Athens, AL
 
North Alabama Pulmonary
(256) 771-7575
902 West Hobbs Street
Athens, AL
 
Ravi P B MD
(256) 232-2275
102 Sanders Street
Athens, AL
 
Teng Bibi L MD
(256) 233-2229
1005 West Market Street Suite 4
Athens, AL
 
Central Pediatrics Inc
(256) 233-0712
707 USHighway 31 South
Athens, AL
 
Dr. Paula Craddock Belew
(205) 836-8691
707 US Highway 31 S Ste D
Athens, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Honey Bee Pediatrics
(256) 233-2229
1005 West Market Street Suite 4
Athens, AL
 
Bibi Lee Teng, MD
(256) 233-2229
1005 W Market St
Athens, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1986

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Belew Paula MD
(256) 233-0712
707 USHighway 31 South
Athens, AL
 
Dr. Iqbal Ahmed Memon
(617) 414-5006
203 N Malone St
Athens, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Ask the Doctor - Chicken Pox Vaccine

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By Randall Neustaedter, OMD, Lac

I know controversies surround a number of childhood vaccines. In particular, why should I give my child the chicken pox vaccine if it is such a mild and normal childhood illness?


Good question, since the disease itself rarely results in complications. Prior to the introduction of the chicken pox (varicella) vaccine in 1995, deaths from chicken pox occurred in only 0.0014 percent of healthy children. My advice is not to vaccinate, but instead to expose your child to chicken pox if you can, since the disease itself confers lifelong immunity. The vaccine, on the other hand, does not. Once its protection declines (after about 10 years), your child would be susceptible to chicken pox as a young adult. At that age and into later adulthood, the disease tends to last much longer and come with more severe symptoms.

What concerns me even more is the fact that the vaccine is associated with a number of severe reactions. In fact, in the first five years of the vaccine’s use, the government-funded Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (www.vaers. hhs.gov) received 9,500 reports of adverse effects from the vaccine. These included several deaths and 193 reports of nervous system reactions including partial paralysis and seizures. Other reported reactions include arthritis and bleeding disorders.

In healthy children, chicken pox is a mild and self-limiting disease. Although the disease is uncomfortable for your child, I do not feel the potential benefit from the vaccine is worth the potential risks.

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