Thanks Ladies! I will be searching the Rhus tox, and busting out the calomine lotion (can’t believe I forgot about that!). I love the connect the dots idea, and am sure our DVD player will be working overtimg- I try to maintain a TV-free house, but DH vegetates in front of it, so it hasn’t disappeared =-(
Yes, in the US, like with every other topic, the vocal people seem to come in two breeds when it comes to vax: all or nothing (I think the quiet ones are the middle of the road, like me), and we do now routinely vaccinate for Chicken Pox. People do have a choice though, and can say yes or no to the vax they want. The complications are rare, they say 10,000 were hospitalized and about 100 people died/year from secondary infections pre-vax. Those numbers aren’t very high in comparison to the 3.7 million they quote as getting the pox. I just read this in one of my babybooks so it’s fresh in my memory.
The complications are pneumonia and encephalitis, and a strep bacteria that can invade the pustules and happens to be of the flesh-eating sort (all this is from Toddler 411). None of them sound like much fun. I feel like I also read somewhere else (on the internet) that the highest risk are infants, then adolescents.
I don’t know why here in Europe things are more ‘laid back’. Maybe they’re not, but people are just not as up-in-arms about these things and just do their thing. In the US healthcare system the emphasis is on curing diseases, not preventing them (I guess the insurance/drug companies don’t make enough money preventing illnesses?.. sorry I’m a wee bit cynical). I don’t know how this has changed with Obama….we moved to the UK just as he took office, so I don’t know how Obamacare has evolved. I personally am OK with vaccinations, but don’t want to go overboard, so I wouldn’t have vaccinated for the pox even if we were still in the states.
Isn’t this a joyous topic!
Ok, I hope you are all well and that your weeks are off to a blissful and happy start!