We got the chicken pox jab!

Some of you may have read the prequel posts to this, but for those who haven’t a quick summary … I decided that rather than my son experience chicken pox and my household experience him with chicken pox I would have H vaccinated against it.  First clinic couldn’t do it due to wierd coincidence that the private doctor happened to also work at our GP Practice and there are rules about that, second, the Childrens Immunisation clinic www.childrensimmunisation.com  in Manchester were brilliant and cheaper than the first! 

The vaccination against Chicken Pox is routinely done along with the MMR, the MMRV vaccine, in the USA and Canada.  It is also done in the UK on the NHS if you haven’t contracted Chicken Pox by the age 12.  Being brutally honest my reasons are mostly very practical reasons behind the decision – at the end of the day I don’t feel there is any benefit to my son to experience the illness and the financial cost of avoiding this to give him the same immunity level as having the illness is just £95 so to me it was a no brainer.  The cost of the jab is less than the nursery fees I would still have to pay even though he wouldn’t be able to attend nursery with the pox for around a week.  Chicken Pox can be a serious illness for some, I know two children who have been hospitalised with the pox, but generally for most just uncomfortable but it does tend to leave scars and for parents a series of sleepness nights and an upset child. 

So anyway we had the jab – in, out and done in 2 minutes – my two year old cried for less than 10 seconds and was immediately distracted and appeased with a packet of chocolate buttons.  Following the jab two weeks ago my son has experienced no fever or high temperatures, no blisters or issues around the injection site (which we did with the MMR), there have been no reactions at all and he has no scars and we’ve had no sleepless nights.   Compare that to the tale of a parent with a child with Chicken Pox – all camomile lotion, scratching, tears, scars and Disney channel in the middle of the night and I feel it was money well spent! 

So, would I do it again?  Absolutely, categorically, without question, YES!



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6 responses to “We got the chicken pox jab!

  1. Im new to your blog so don’t won’t to start in a negative way. Im totally pro-choice and every parent knows whats best for their child.
    Just wanted to add not all experiences with CP are bad , my 3 (aged 3 , 2 and at the time 6 months) had it over the Easter holidays and were all fine. Sure the staying home sucked but that was it. Easy peasy

  2. Thanks Laura, really appreciate your contribution, I’m with you in terms of being pro-choice and very much pro-informed decisions so the more experiences from other parents that can be added the better.
    Thanks again,

  3. I am new here too. I have to say when my K had chicken pox she sailed through. She only had 2 days off nursery as once the spots scab she was not contagious.

    I may not agree with the idea of vaccinating against CP but I totally respect your choice to do so and long may we all have the choice!

  4. Fanny Abitbol

    Hi Claire,

    You do what you want but I just wanted to add some links I found about this which may interest you and your readers. Please don’t take this personally, I respect your choice but just wanted to offer another view.

    “Pre-varicella vaccine: 42 deaths per year. Post varicella vaccine: 52 deaths per year (due to vaccine second effects).”
    “Vaccinating healthy children against pox can put adults at risk (55% deaths).” Have a look here:


    I am also quoting a paragraph from a great article.

    Here is the link:

    Here is my quote:
    “It is common knowledge that vaccines only stimulate temporary,
    partial immunity and the historical experience with live measles vaccine
    is a perfect example. By trading lifelong immunity for temporary,
    vaccine-induced immunity, populations become vaccine dependent. Chicken
    pox is a relatively benign disease for 99.9 percent of healthy children
    but it is much more serious in teenagers and adults. Mandating the use
    of chicken pox vaccine and removing the ability for children to get
    permanent immunity to chicken pox, puts them at risk as adults. The
    winners in this public health strategy are the pharmaceutical companies
    producing vaccines requiring purchase of multiple doses. The losers are
    the people, who are first put at risk as children for vaccine adverse
    events and then again put at risk as adults for a disease that the
    vaccine fails to protect against long term.”

    Al the best,


    • Thanks for reading, your input & comments. I live in the UK with a nationalised healthcare system and different vaccination & immunity landscape – children are not routinely vaccinated against chicken pox here, over 99.9% contract & gain immunity naturally.

      I have read the links with interest, thank you. My thoughts are that the articles and research are a number of years old published between 1962 and 1999 – so between 10 and nearly 50 years old with more recent research disputing some of the findings especially in the UK due to the minority receiving the jab. The scenario in the US isn’t comparable for myself with minority being vaccinated here.

      I encourage anyone to review the links for their own information and support open & informed decision making. Long may we all have the choice.

      Best wishes, Claire

  5. Thank you for your kind reply Claire.
    To healthy children!

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