Chicken Pox Vaccine Sterling CO

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.

Koepke Jerald W MD
(303) 428-6089
108 Delmar Street
Sterling, CO
 
Murray F Caplan, MD, FAAP
(303) 770-0726
7336 S Yosemite St Ste 200
Englewood, CO
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Pediatrics
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard David Krugman, MD
(303) 315-7563
4200 E 9th Ave C-290,
Denver, CO
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Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1968

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Dr. Julie Ann Gaca
(970) 401-0324
PO Box 5843
Vail, CO
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Nancy Anne Nelson Taoka, MD
(303) 795-3355
2851 S Fig St
Lakewood, CO
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Pediatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1987

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(970) 242-3535
627 25 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO
 
Susan E Spoerke, MD, FAAP
335 W South Boulder Rd Ste 2
Louisville, CO
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Pediatrics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 1973

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455 Sherman St
Denver, CO
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1990

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(303) 776-9098
902 3rd Ave
Longmont, CO
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Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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(303) 699-6200
13650 E Mississippi Ave # 110
Aurora, CO
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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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