Chicken Pox Vaccine Homewood IL

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.

Andrew Loew, MD
(708) 798-1665
18811 Dixie Hwy
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Languages
German, Polish
Education
Medical School: Med Fak Der Ludwig Maximiliams Univ, Munchen, Bayern
Graduation Year: 1950
Hospital
Hospital: St James Hosp And Health Ctr, Chicago Hts, Il; Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il; St James Hosp And Health Ctr -, Olympia Flds, Il
Group Practice: St James Primary Care-Homewood

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Mysore Veena MD
(708) 798-8112
17850 Kedzie Avenue
Hazel Crest, IL
 
Dr. Zeba Shakir
(708) 335-3693
18811 Dixie Hwy Ste 101
Homewood, IL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Madhup Sud, MD
(773) 995-8452
17901 Governors Hwy Ste 103
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Gregory George Temofeew, MD
(708) 798-9300
18811 Dixie Hwy
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1958

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Zeba Shakir
(708) 335-3693
18811 Dixie Hwy
Homewood, IL
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Pediatrics

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Dr. Moon Eung Kim
(630) 954-6700
Homewood, IL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Yahya Ahmadian, MD
(708) 799-0960
17901 Governors Hwy Ste 104
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il; Childrens Mem Hosp, Chicago, Il
Group Practice: Rush Prudential Health Plans

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Dr. Madhup Sud
(773) 995-8452
17901 Governors Hwy Ste 103
Homewood, IL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Zeba Shakir, MD
(708) 335-3693
18811 Dixie Hwy Ste 101
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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