Vaccination against chickenpox: the true motivation of doctors
Hello everyone! I already wrote, that my daughter started attending kindergarten. By passage of the medical commission of the kindergarten head physician advised me to make my daughter vaccinated against chickenpox. According to my memories, most children suffer from this disease just at a young age - in kindergarten or primary school. To my question - "isn't it easier to get over this disease?" the doctor replied no. I decided to learn more on this topic by our pediatrician, whom I trust. So, I share with you.
In Russia, vaccination against chickenpox is not mandatory and is not included in the calendar of preventive vaccinations, so vaccination occurs only at the request of parents. Chickenpox is one of the most harmless infectious diseases. Of course chickenpox can occur in severe form and with complications, but this is rare. The most severe chicken pox occurs in adults, who have never had this infection. Another risk group is pregnant women. If a woman becomes ill with chickenpox in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and in the last days before childbirth, it can cause damage to the fetus or newborn. Vaccination against chickenpox helps to avoid these consequences. Vaccination does not give a 100% guarantee, that the child will not get sick in the future, throughout his life. But according to the research it was found, that if the disease develops, it proceeds in a mild form. Perhaps vaccination against chickenpox is most justified among adults. As children usually carry the chicken pox easily, but adults always noted severe course.
There are supporters and opponents of vaccination in Russia. Here are the most particular arguments for and against the vaccine. Several arguments for vaccination against chickenpox:
-After a person has chickenpox, the virus remains in the body for life. It settles mainly in the nerve endings, which subsequently can cause the development of such a disease as shingles. Shingles is characterized by the appearance of herpetic rashes and painful sensations along the nerve trunks. The disease is certainly not fatal, but very unpleasant and difficult to treat. Vaccination reduces the risk of Contracting shingles.
-The varicella-zoster virus can cause some autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetes).
-Severe course of chickenpox in adults, who have not had it in childhood. Indeed, in adults, the disease is much more severe and usually with the development of complications.
-The disease even in children can occur with the development of complications. Complications of chickenpox in children are rare. The most severe are encephalitis and meningoencephalitis. After vaccination, if the disease develops, it proceeds in a mild form.
The arguments against vaccination are:
-Invasion of the child's immune system, which can only harm;
-Since the vaccine is a weakened culture of a living virus, the penetration of the virus into the body occurs. Therefore, this vaccine may not be 100% protected from the same herpes zoster and autoimmune disease;
-There is no accurate data on the duration of immunity after vaccination (since the vaccine is still "young"). It is believed, that after vaccination, the body can cope with the virus for 5-10 years, after which a revaccination is required;
-A person after vaccination can be infected for some time and become a "hidden" source of infection;
-And of course, the presence of post-vaccination complications. These can be General reactions (fever, malaise, weakness), allergic reactions, the appearance of hotel elements of the rash, local reactions (redness, compaction at the site of administration of the vaccine).
After all this information our pediatrician gave an honest answer, that the hospital receives a plan for vaccination against chickenpox, for the implementation of which the chief physician is responsible. In case of non - fulfillment of the plan-deprivation of bonuses. Just like this. Our pediatrician advised not to vaccinate children against chickenpox, with which I absolutely agree!
Thanks for reading!