|What You Should Consider Before Taking the
Chicken Pox Vaccine(VARIVAX)
VARIVAX is recommended by Merck for children 12 months and older.
Chicken pox has a better than 99.99% compete recovery rate followed by
To compare, vaccines only deliver immunity for a
couple of years after you get them. So you should every few years get
"booster shots" but if people got booster shots for all the vaccines
offered, that would be a lot of shots every few years. But if you
haven't had the disease and you don't get the booster shots every couple of
years or so, then you are depending on "crowd immunity" rather than you
being immune. And if you get chicken pox as an adult, you can get very
ill. (10 - 20 times the number of deaths when adults get chicken pox)
Vaccines are medications with side effects
The FDA VAERS' (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) first year
surveillance of VARIVAX included over 1,500 reports. 76 were serious adverse
reactions that included 2 deaths.
The federal government has paid families of vaccine killed and
disabled children nearly $100 million in tax-payer dollars each year since
1986 through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVCIP).
Studies show that up to 3% of VARIVAX recipients get chicken pox from
the vaccine, and that some chicken pox cases may be contracted from recently
vaccinated children. Vaccine recipients may therefore pose a health risk to
pregnant mothers or family members with chronic health problems or
compromised immune systems.
Since 2000 when there have been outbreaks of whooping cough among children
vaccinated as recently as 3 years previous to becoming ill, it is now
thought that the immunity offered by all weakened virus vaccines may not be
over 3 years.
California's Pacificare Health Systems HMO chose not to recommend VARIVAX;
medical director Dr. William Osheroff said, "The real issue is all of the
unanswered questions about Varivax...This is a very benign disease in
children, but the vaccine may create a false sense of security as these kids
get older and find themselves non-immune. Chickenpox as an adult is a
Some parents reported a correlation between VARIVAX and seizures. (The FDA
Vaccine Data Safety Link has recently reported that seizures following DPT
are "common," although the DPT vaccine has been in use for decades.)
VARIVAX was developed with the use of aborted fetuses. This may pose
religious and/or ethical considerations for some people.
Shingles, a painful, debilitating disease, is caused by the chicken pox
virus.In the first 10 years of use, nearly 1 out of 1000
vaccine recipients developed shingles. There is no way to know how many
of the remaining 999 out of each 1000 will also develop shingles in later
According to the National Vaccine Information Center, many healthcare
professionals are very concerned that the live vaccine virus may "reactivate
later in life in the form of herpes zoster (shingles) or other immune system
Dr. A. Lavin of the Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke's Medical Center in
Cleveland, Ohio, strongly opposed licensing VARIVAX, "Until we actually
know...the risks involved in injecting mutated DNA [the vaccine] into the
host genome [children]."
Some studies suggest that chicken pox in a vaccinated child may be milder
than in an unvaccinated child. However, Chicken pox is a very mild illness
in most kids whether vaccinated or not.
The FDA has informed us in the last couple of years that NOW, vaccines
contain LESS mercury. Mercury, even in small amounts is a toxin.
Those who may suffer from any chronic condition or who are taking medicine
on a regular basis (or whose family members do) should also consider
avoiding this vaccine.