Re: Should I get the chickenpox vaccine?
Hey, If I were you I would get the vaccine IMMEDIATLY!!! Last December ended up being one of the scariest times of my life. My 25-year old husband, who works out all the time and is extremely healthy caught the chicken pox. He never had it as a child. The severity is different in everyone, but most adults who catch it have severe cases. He broke out in new spots for 7 days and was in so much pain he couldn't even speak or function until he was given Vicodin for the pain. Thank God the pox didn't spread into his lungs causing hospitaliztion, but he had them all in his mouth, throat, genitals, everywhere. There were even two trips to the ER he was in such bad shape. He missed a month of work (thank God he's military) and the holiday season didn't even seem to exist! I also had a 22 year old cousin whose pox did spread to his lungs and heart and he almost died. He now has a weakened heart and is on many drugs for the rest of his life.
As a side note, my then 4 month old daughter THANK GOD did not catch the chicken pox, because of breastfeeding and getting my antibodies. I was terrified for 2 weeks waiting to see if she would break out.
Also, if you were to come down with chicken pox, you are contagious for a few days before you even get sick and break out in pox, meaning you can spread it around to lots of people. If a pregnant woman who has never had chicken pox were to catch it, it could mean severe birth defects or death in her unborn child.