Chicken Pox Vaccine Burlington VT

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.

Lewis R First, MD
(802) 656-0027
College of Medicine,
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1980

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David D Aronsson, MD, FAAP
(802) 656-2250
Stafford Hall Room 434B,
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1973

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Barry Alan Finette, MD
(802) 656-2296
Medicine Alumni B,
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1988

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Dr. David James Mc Culley
Winooski, VT
Specialty
Pediatrics

Lyons Richard C PHYS
(802) 655-1314
389 East Allen Street
Winooski, VT
 
William Vincent Raszka, MD
(802) 847-0026
University of Vermont College,
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1985

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Richard Hong, MD
(802) 656-8335
665 Spear St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1953

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Stephen H Contompasis, MD
(802) 863-7315
80 University Hts
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jerold F Lucey, MD
(802) 656-2505
89 Beaumont Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1952

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Dr. Elizabeth Fern Jaffe
(802) 864-0294
53 Timberlane Medical Center
South Burlington, VT
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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