Chicken Pox and Lyme
So about 3 weeks ago, I took my little 5 year old to get his 3rd dose of the Chicken Pox Vaccine.
Chicken Pox has always been in the back of my mind. I’ve never had it and I’m 37. I hear it’s very bad if adults get it. Mind you, I’ve had the vaccine when I was 4. But that was also in another country. I also hear that they expire either 13 or 20 years. I’m not sure on that either.
So I asked my son’s pediatrician if I can be tested to see if I was immune. I did a simple blood test. 2 weeks later, the doc calls and says “Your test is negative.” “HOORAY!” I yelled. Wait. Negative means Bad. I was just so use to Negative being GOOD.
So I booked an appointment to go and get my shot.
Then 3 hours later it dawned on me. Should I be injecting another live virus in me when I’m already battling with another bacteria? I scoured google seeing interactions on meds, how it would affect my system etc. Finding nothing, I emailed my LLMD to get an opinion. I was advised that even if I get the vaccination, there is no guarantee that I will actually develop an immunity to it. Also, it was perceived that most patients are ok with it, but ones that got the flu shot weren’t. I was also told that there was no contraindication for having the shot while on the meds, but to please check with my doctor. Well, I know how that would go so I said forget it.
So another avenue where I could get my Lyme questions answered was through my weekly webinar with an LLMD. I asked this LLMD his thoughts. He didn’t advise that I get it because he believes it may suppress my immune system and that the cons of actually getting Chicken Pox far outweigh getting the vaccination while with Lyme and treatment. Also mentioned again was that those who get the flu shot don’t do pretty well.
So I guess this answers my question. And here is the lesson of this blog. Don’t get the flu shot.