Chicken Pox Vaccine Sun City West AZ

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.

Hansen John MD
(623) 584-4695
13907 West Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ
 
Yip David S MD
(623) 556-5437
14300 West Granite Valley Drive
Sun City West, AZ
 
Healthscan Imaging
(623) 544-7300
13909 West Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ
 
Safeway Pharmacy
(623) 584-0501
13503 West Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ
 
Berman Michael I Do Faap
(623) 556-5437
14300 West Granite Valley Drive
Sun City West, AZ
 
Arrowhead Pediatrics P C
(623) 556-5437
14300 West Granite Valley Drive Suite E23
Sun City West, AZ
 
Ryan Andrew Leahy, MD
14208 W Meadowood Dr
Sun City West, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 2002

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(623) 975-5400
14506 West Granite Valley Drive
Sun City West, AZ
 
Tinuola K Babarinde
(623) 975-5400
14506 W Granite Valley Dr
Sun City West, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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13907 West Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ
 
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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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