Are Children Better Off Getting Chicken Pox Than The Vaccine?

Chicken pox cause red itchy welts and fever that are contagious to kids who haven't been vaccinated.

Chicken pox causes red itchy polka dots all over the skin of someone who comes into contact with the disease. Many schools require that parents show proof of their child having been vaccinated from the condition before their kid is allowed to attend class. But, is it possible that simply getting chicken pox and getting over it is better than being vaccinated? Read on.

The chicken pox

Chicken pox is a disease with clear symptoms. Kids who have it will exhibit red spots that itch and flake and occur all over the body. Those dots may turn into blisters and come with a fever as well as intense itching. If the child scratches, he or she could cause permanent skin damage, leading to lasting scars. Infections may require antibiotics and can even cause serious illness and death if not treated, but most cases never get to this extreme. Children with any severity of chicken pox should not leave their homes or be around individuals who have not had the disease themselves or have not been vaccinated. It can take around a week for chicken pox to go away and no longer be contagious.

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Chicken pox vaccine 

The chicken pox vaccine may come individually, known as the Varicella vaccine, or coupled with measles, mumps, and rubella prevention in the form of an MMRV immunization. The vaccine is made of two parts and can prevent the disease altogether or greatly reduce its effects. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that a completed chicken pox vaccine is 98 percent effective in preventing the disease. Instead of a body covered in pox, a child who has been vaccinated and gets this condition will have far fewer markings and much less chance of scarring and fever. Plus, their sick time will be reduced by several days, allowing the kid to return to childcare or school faster.

The vaccine is provided by pediatricians or family practitioners. Many preschools, daycare’s, elementary and high schools require immunization records including the chicken pox vaccine before admitting a new student. This is in the hopes that one student coming to class without knowing he or she has the pox will not create a class- or school-wide epidemic. Children who are vaccinated against chicken pox have a very limited risk of developing the disease as adults, therefore preventing the condition for the entirety of their lives with just two shots.

Chicken pox risk factors

Adults who have never had chicken pox may require additional chicken pox vaccines if they work in the public sector, such as teachers, students and healthcare workers. If you have multiple children and one gets the chicken pox, keep the other siblings separate from the infected child unless they have been vaccinated. Parents who have never had the chicken pox may also want to avoid direct contact with the child. Ensure every member of the family has been vaccinated to drastically reduce the chances of another individual getting the chicken pox.