Re: Chicken pox vaccine and pregancies... help!!
I can tell you what i know, since 3 wks ago i found out that a blood test done at 8wks showed that i dont have any antibodies against chickenpox. This means I never had chickenpox, i was shocked to say the least. So first thing to determine is wether your wife ever had the infection, in which case she doesnt need the vaccine. This can simply be done by a blood test.
My doctor told me that you cannot get the vaccine while pregnant because of what most have already mentioned, the virus is live and can cause the infection. Even if mild, the infection can be very damaging to the baby in first 20weeks of pregnancy. After that period, it becomes very dangerous to the mother. Another time to worry about is about a week before you deliver and a week after, because you dont want the baby to contract the virus when its immune system is very weak. So for me all i can do is avoid children, or always ask if they were vaccinated, which in this day and age, most kids got the vaccine. If I do ever get exposed, i can get a shot of immunoglobulin that can diminish symptoms.
So dont get your wife to get the vaccine, first have her doctor run some tests, first. hope this helps,
Last edited by Kiedy; 03-18-2005 at 12:27 PM.