When Did The Chicken Pox Vaccine Come Around in America?

I am 22 years old , never had the chicken pox or vaccine. I am getting a job at the hospital so i needed a physical. After the blood test, the doctor said I was not immune to chicken pox, and that I needed the vaccine in order to get my job there. She said I should have gotten vaccinated between 12-15 months old and that it was mandatory to start school. She seemed actually angry that I was not vaccinated. I said I did not even know the vaccine was around when I was a year old, and it must have not been mandatory when I was in the k-12 system. I remember it coming out maybe 10 years ago, am I right?

5 Answers

  • The doctor is an idiot. The vaccine was approved for use in the United States in 1995. Research exemptions if you don’t want the vaccine. You can ask questions about exemptions here: http://mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?…

    To JoeT: I gave your answer a thumbs down because you said the vaccine is safe. What are you basing that on? I encourage you and the asker to go to http://www.medalerts.org./ This website allows you to search the VAERS database (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), a U.S. government program to track vaccine reactions. The abbreviation on that database for this vaccine is VARCEL. I did a search for people between the ages of 18 and 30, a similar age group to the asker. 1,971 events came up. It is estimated that only one to ten percent of adverse reactions are reported to VAERS.

    To the person who gave me a thumbs down: Do you disagree that the doctor is an idiot for getting angy the asker didn’t get the vaccine as a baby, before it was licensed? Or do you disagree that he/she has the right to make informed medical decisions, and obtain a legal exemption if wanted?

  • Whoever was the idiot that said that chicken pox is no big deal as an adult doesn’t know what they are talking about. My ex husband had chicken pox as an adult after our oldest daughter had them in kinder garden. He suffered a lot was really bad off and very ill.

    Hospitals are the worst place for germs every hear of MERS?? Where do you think it comes from your home or the school your kids go to? No hospitals that’s where you are exposed to MERSA. My husband is a doctor.

    Sure there are risks in any kind of vaccine but it’s better than getting sick. I just received my shingles vaccine because as in almost every child in my generation I too had chicken pox and do not want to run the risk of getting shingles.

  • The vaccine was in fact released in 1995. It is a safe vaccine and you should be vaccinated. Reason: the older you get, if you do get chickenpox, the more serious the symptoms. Consequently, while it’s a childhood disease that is easily handled by a young child, as an adult, you don’t get that lucky.

    The doctor is right and you should get the vaccine, especially since your risk is much higher in getting exposed in a hospital environment.

    Addenda: To the person who gave a thumbs down: this answer you will find in any textbook on clinical virology. Only an anti-vaccine zealot would tell someone not to get a vaccination at this age and their risk of exposure.

    To Lisa: The vaccine is quite safe, and given the persons age (22) AND the fact they are going to be in a hospital AND there is a risk of exposure AND the consequences of exposure at that age can result in serious complications AND their immune system (assuming this person is not immunocompromised in any way) is intact, then this better than doing nothing, given the possible risk they would be put under. Yes, most vaccines have risks, no argument here, but so does driving cars, yet people do it all the time.

    Also, the 1,971 adverse reactions doesn’t indicate: how many people in total were vaccinated and what were the adverse reactions? Heck, ‘injection site swelling’ is considered a adverse reaction, but not serious (just annoying).

    And, as for you getting a thumbs down: I have learned long ago that any person on yahoo answers who has autistic children ALWAYS thumbs down any answer regarding getting vaccinated (and is a reason that I generally do not answer questions either discussing vaccines or HIV). And, while I personally DO believe there is a problem with vaccination of young children, regardless of the statistics that are constantly published on the subject, this is one case that I believe that is not an issue. Heck, I’m old (58) and had to get a polio vaccine just to do research recently and I’m no worse for wear, given my age-weakened immune system.

    And, as an aside, if I didn’t get the polio vaccine, I wouldn’t be able to do the research. I’d be surprised if the hospital didn’t have the same rules (but I might be wrong here).

    Also, I have no problem getting a thumbs down for technical reasons, but not for reasons that really boil down to a particular persons beliefs.

  • The vaccine came out in 1995 so you are right.

    I had chicken pox. It wasn’t much fun but just something you had to get through because all the kids got it sooner or later.

  • In March 1995, following better than a decade of progression and sorting out, the U.S. nutrition and Drug administration (FDA) authorized the country’s first chickenpox vaccine to be utilized in infants and adults who have not had chickenpox

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