Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Did You Know...?

That one Varicella Vaccine given to your child at his/her one-year check-up is not enough to protect them against the Chicken Pox? We found out last Fall that "they" (the Formal "THEY" that refers to the "Powers That Be") have determined that those children over age 5, who received one vaccine at age one, now need an additional dose of the vaccine between the ages of 4 and 6 years of age. Otherwise, they can still get the Chicken Pox.

Our pediatrician informed us of this, but didn't have any available vaccines at the time, and we let it go. No follow up. No return appointment was made by The Mother of The Year for her darling children to get the remaining shot. Hence, the Chicken Pox have struck our home.

The Drama Queen, also known as the eldest child, developed lovely-colored, rather itchy pox on her trunk today. Hello, Chicken Pox!! Goodbye, freedom!!

Now, you may know that Chicken Pox are most contagious the 7 days prior to the first sore appearing, and that the incubation period (time between exposure to the virus and the outbreak) is 14-16 days. Yup, you guessed it! Two weeks ago, someone we were around developed Chicken Pox at some point within a week of us being near them. You may also know that Chicken Pox is airborne - and very contagious. Yup, you guessed it again! We are on Quarantine!! The Middle Child and the Youngest Drama Princess are at high risk for contracting Chicken Pox in the next 14 days, so we will be hermits until we are in the clear (something tells me we will all have Chicken Pox within the next 2 weeks!).

So, if you're out and about, and you wonder where we went, say a prayer for us! Cabin fever is gonna hit like a hurricane around here! Would you also pray for our neighbors who have special circumstances and are at high risk for hospitalization should they contract the Chicken Pox? We're sorry, Shiloh and Sydney!!

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