My concern is that the vaccine will wear off at some point....and adults aren't exactly good at getting boosters. So who is going to be getting chicken pox? Adults. The population in which it is supposed to be a more serious disease.
So, they are now recommending more than 2 doses for the varicella vaccine, am I understanding that correctly? And an increased risk for shingles? My pedi assured me that the vaccine completely eliminates shingles, which I again gave a WTF? because I am pretty sure I have been hearing about KIDS getting shingles after having the vaccine, but again, I couldn't find numbers to back it up.
Check out that link I posted--a lot of your questions are directly addressed in there, with citations.
I am pro vaccine, for my child and future children it's what i feel is best. I also respect others who for many varied reasons choose that not vaccinating is the best choice for their children. I have a work collegue who chooses not to vaccinate, unless you asked you wouldn't know, so all children are going to come into contact with kids who are and aren't vaccinated and unless you ask the parent of every child your child wants to play with you wouldn't know. I even opt for the hep b at birth, however i do also work in an industry where i can come across clients with hep b and who are not always rational so in that instance i choose to protect my child for the just in case. We all make choices we feel are in the best interests of our children
That's actually very much debatable. By scientists with a lot more information than either you or I have. (again, see link) All we laypeople can do is examine the available evidence, think critically, and decide for ourselves what we think makes the most sense. I personally find the evidence questioning this theory compelling. You don't, and that's fine, but nobody here is making a rash decision.
I appreciate the link--there is some interesting information in there. I will continue reading some of the cited studies.
However, I don't agree with all of it and I think the overclaiming and vitriol (on BOTH sides) is ridiculous and way over the line, and only serves to obscure the realities and science with the oldest, cheapest debate tricks in the book. Is it too much to ask for believable information from evidence-based sources without all the name calling? The only thing any of us parents want is what's best for our children, and I think we'd all do well to remember that.
HIV is a good example. There are (at least) two major types. HIV-1 is the one everyone is familiar with. HIV-2 is pretty much the same thing but it acts much more slowly and is more virulent later in disease. These subtle differences mean they require different vulnerable population sizes.
When the CDC stresses "herd" immunity, they're doing so because its simple logic that a larger protected herd is better than a smaller one, especially when you can't pinpoint the ideal size of the herd.