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Old 05-08-2019, 02:22 PM
 
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kind of comical.

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A northern Kentucky teenager banned from school for refusing the chickenpox vaccination due to his religious beliefs has come down with the childhood malady, his attorney said Wednesday.

Jerome Kunkel, a student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy, first started showing chickenpox symptoms last week and hopes to have recovered by next week, a lawyer for the 18-year-old told NBC News.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ation-n1003271

 
Old 05-08-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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I shouldn't laugh, but I kinda am. He's going to have a miserable time; chicken pox as an adult is much worse than having it when you're young. I had it at 11, and I was out of school for two weeks. My sister & brother (3 & 4 yo) got it and got over it in a week, the brats.
 
Old 05-08-2019, 03:12 PM
 
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At least he wasn’t in school spreading it to classmates. Hope he recovers quickly.
 
Old 05-08-2019, 04:11 PM
 
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DH and I had chickenpox as children. Our children had to get the vaccination. Although I would recommend to people that they get it, I don’t think it’s a disease that’s severe enough that it should be required to get.
 
Old 05-08-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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DH and I had chickenpox as children. Our children had to get the vaccination. Although I would recommend to people that they get it, I donít think itís a disease thatís severe enough that it should be required to get.
Really, the side effects can be very serious.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents...varicella.html

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Chickenpox is usually mild in children, but the itching can be very uncomfortable. Children who get chickenpox can miss about a week of school or child care.

Before the vaccine was available, about 4 million people got chickenpox each year in the United States, over 10,500 of those people were hospitalized, and about 100-150 people died.

In some cases, chickenpox can cause serious problems, such as:

Skin infections
Dehydration (loss of body fluids)
Pneumonia (an infection in the lungs)
Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
 
Old 05-08-2019, 04:57 PM
 
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I don't find this funny.

There's no indication he didn't expect to contract chicken pox - apparently he did expect to. In fact, his lawyer states that if they hadn't expelled him in March, he would have gotten them sooner and would be back in school.

He has a religious opinion about the development of the vaccine, and I'll say it again (although I know some disagree) - Chicken Pox is rarely a big deal.

(I would guess more people get severely injured tripping on uneven sidewalks than have serious complications from Chicken Pox, and we're still using sidewalks).
 
Old 05-08-2019, 05:01 PM
 
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Really, the side effects can be very serious.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents...varicella.html
It also lays dormant in the body once you're infected and can lead to shingles, which can reoccur, and is quite painful, especially depending on the area it appears in.

Of course, there is a vaccine for shingles, but I doubt people who refuse vaccines would get it...
 
Old 05-08-2019, 05:14 PM
 
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It also lays dormant in the body once you're infected and can lead to shingles, which can reoccur, and is quite painful, especially depending on the area it appears in.

Of course, there is a vaccine for shingles, but I doubt people who refuse vaccines would get it...
We don't know yet whether people vaccinated will get shingles or not - it typically occurs later in life, and the first chicken pox vaccine recipients are in their 30's.

We DO know that the vaccine wears off, and you have to be vaccinated again, although it's too new to know how quickly it typically wears off.
 
Old 05-08-2019, 05:23 PM
 
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It also lays dormant in the body once you're infected and can lead to shingles, which can reoccur, and is quite painful, especially depending on the area it appears in.

Of course, there is a vaccine for shingles, but I doubt people who refuse vaccines would get it...

Yup, it sure can. My sister got shingles in her late 30's. When the Shingrix vaccine became available, DH & I went and got ours posthaste. We're still too young for the other shingles vaccine.
 
Old 05-08-2019, 05:23 PM
 
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I doubt either the boy or his family is upset or surprised that he caught chicken pox. He’ll have lifelong immunity. Keep in mind that you can get shingles from having chicken pox and you can also get it from having the vaccine. There have been young people who’ve had the vaccine and gotten shingles but really, we won’t know what will happen down the road as the chicken pox vaccine has not been in use on a widespread scale for a very long time.
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