MY TODDLER HAS CHICKEN POX
Q: My toddler’s been diagnosed with chicken pox and my baby hasn’t yet had the vaccination for it. Should I take her for the vaccination early? I don’t want her to get the chicken pox from her brother.
A: Dr Paul Sinclair, answers: I would advise you take your baby for the vaccination, especially if your toddler has just been diagnosed with chicken pox.
The vaccine can be completely or even partially effective if given within a few days of a baby’s exposure to the chicken pox virus, as it has an incubation period of seven to ten days.
The vaccine against chicken pox is safe and licensed for use on babies from nine months. However, if she has any other issues, such as a low immune system, for example, there is also passive immunisation that can be done with VZIG (chicken pox immunoglobulin) to prevent infection in sick kids. It does not offer long-term protection, though, so your baby will still need to receive the chicken pox vaccination when she is old enough or once her other issues have been resolved.
Chat to your paediatrician if this is the case. YB