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Old 01-16-2007, 06:23 AM   #1
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MMR & Chickenpox vaccine

At my daughters last appointment the doctor mentioned that at her one year check up she will be given a MMR/chickenpox combination vaccine. This must be new because with my other two children they did the chickenpox at 12 months and the MMR at 15 months. I'm not sure how I feel about (1)giving them both at once and (2)giving the MMR at 12 months. It seems like it's a bit much for a little body to handle at once. Do they even have the vaccines separate anymore?

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Old 01-17-2007, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: MMR & Chickenpox vaccine

If you are not comfortable do some reaserch before you decide. Don't do anything until you are comfortable with your decision whatever it may be. you can always get them at a later time.

Old 01-19-2007, 07:17 AM   #3
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Re: MMR & Chickenpox vaccine

I agree, trust your gut. Chickenpox vaccine isn't even necessary. It's far superior to get natural chickenpox and be done with it. There is a pharmacy where you may buy single components of vaccines. It's called Hopewell Pharmacy. Your doctor can order the vaccines for you. OTOH, you can just delay the vaccines altogether until your child's immune system is more developed, which will greatly lessen (but not eliminate) the risk of serious complications.

Old 02-04-2007, 10:59 AM   #4
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Re: MMR & Chickenpox vaccine

The combination Varicella/MMR is a new vaccine and intended to reduce the number of shots a child gets since the two are usually given at the same time. Separate vaccines are still available. There is also a new vaccine that combines the DTap,Hib and Polio all in one, also intended to reduce the number of shots. If you feel uncomfortable with the combination vaccination at this age, you might consider delaying both of them until perhaps 18 months or two years. Both the Varicella and the MMR vaccines are 'live' virus vaccines and tend to cause more side effects and sometimes a mild rash like the measles/chicken pox. It is reccomended that you get two doses of the Varicella and the MMR vaccine, usually the second one at age 4-6.

Old 04-04-2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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Re: MMR & Chickenpox vaccine

I ended up allowing them to give just the varicella, and will get the mmr done at a later date. Thanks for the responses.

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