Chicken Pox Vaccine free at NHS (certain criteria on immune system)
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Chicken Pox Vaccine free at NHS (certain criteria on immune system)

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Found 10th JulEdited by:"Aeschylus"
Many of you would of remembered that horrible case last year that made national news of that boy with awfulChicken Pox

Boots and Superdrug cashed in by offering the vaccine privately for £130, but if anyone in your extended family could be put at risk by your child catching chicken pox you can have it free...

Also I was really annoyed at people around me who I spoke to who felt this illness was some sort of right of passage, like some sort of trophy, even though we qualified for the free jab, you just need to ring your GP tell them you have a relative on the ‘at risk’ category and they will give your offspring the jab

please don’t abuse it by lying, as I did not have to show any proof...


People with a weakened immune system include those:

As an example, chickenpox vaccination would be recommended for:

  • brothers and sisters of a child who has leukaemia
  • a child whose parent is having chemotherapy
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The picture is too alarmist, I think a better one could have been chosen... that's just my opinion...
My daughter nearly died of chickenpox as you get them internally too and they think she had them in her skull as she had facially paralysis from hydrocephalus...totally scary time for us but thankfully she recovered, some kids are not so lucky
Well spotted
My god some of the comments in here are ridiculous. Do you people read the Daily Mail by any chance?
This is a thoughtful, informative, and helpful post. Thanks OP. Heat added.
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The picture is too alarmist, I think a better one could have been chosen... that's just my opinion...
That poor child. Is that photo really necessary?
Edited by: "HyperLuminal" 10th Jul
Made all the news, but took it down anyway
dont we just put that liquid on them and they go petrify the kids more of injections why not(fierce)
And only recommended for those patients with at risk contacts. Anyone else it is a self limiting disease, the fear you invoke in kids by taking them for unnecessary jabs (And routine vaccines are certainly beneficial!) Has a huge negative impact on them
My daughter nearly died of chickenpox as you get them internally too and they think she had them in her skull as she had facially paralysis from hydrocephalus...totally scary time for us but thankfully she recovered, some kids are not so lucky
Those eligible for this should be told by their hospital consultant - They should all be having regular check-ups and this sort of thing is mentioned.
You could say 'Well this is another reminder', but it's so niche.

Cold from me as it's so random for HUKD.

To those saying how serious chickenpox can be with healthy children - this vaccine is only eligible for a very small group of already sick children. This is not about giving normal children the vaccine.(And adults, as appropriate).

The MMR Vaccine is also free on the NHS (certain criteria to be met i.e >6 months, cannot be pregnant, cannot be allergic to eggs). Where do you draw the line on posting as a 'deal' ?
Edited by: "Firefly1" 10th Jul
Firefly14 m ago

Those eligible for this should be told by their hospital consultant - They …Those eligible for this should be told by their hospital consultant - They should all be having regular check-ups and this sort of thing is mentioned.You could say 'Well this is another reminder', but it's so niche.Cold from me as it's so random for HUKD.To those saying how serious chickenpox can be with healthy children - this vaccine is only eligible for a very small group of already sick children. This is not about giving normal children the vaccine.(And adults, as appropriate).


You have read it all wrong, my daughter is perfectly healthy, this is so she does not affect a member of our family who has a weakened immune system....

You might want to reread


The chickenpox vaccination is also recommended for anyone (adult or child) who has hasn't had chickenpox before and is in close contact with a person who has a weakened immune system.
Aeschylus7 m ago

You have read it all wrong, my daughter is perfectly healthy, this is so …You have read it all wrong, my daughter is perfectly healthy, this is so she does not affect a member of our family who has a weakened immune system....You might want to reread The chickenpox vaccination is also recommended for anyone (adult or child) who has hasn't had chickenpox before and is in close contact with a person who has a weakened immune system.


And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have been told - by the hospital - to inform their own family to get the chickenpox vaccine if their family haven't already had chickenpox.
The person with a weakened immune system should be under a hospital consultant and been told again - avoid family who haven't had chickenpox and also haven't had the vaccine - but your family can easily get the vaccine for free.

My point being the family member should know this when they are told they are susceptible due to their weakened immune system. If they don't know this 'deal' exists, it's a failure on behalf of the hospital.
Edited by: "Firefly1" 10th Jul
You're not always under a consultant for a weakened immune system !
wendy.kemp25 m ago

My daughter nearly died of chickenpox as you get them internally too and …My daughter nearly died of chickenpox as you get them internally too and they think she had them in her skull as she had facially paralysis from hydrocephalus...totally scary time for us but thankfully she recovered, some kids are not so lucky


5% of kids have a bad chicken pox, when you think 90% of kids get it that is a lot of very sick kids, hate that the gov has sold it as a minor illness, a lot of other countries do the vaccine...

the GP said it cost £9.82 for the vaccine to the NHS, so it is all about money
Well spotted
Firefly127 m ago

And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have …And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have been told - by the hospital - to inform their own family to get the chickenpox vaccine if their family haven't already had chickenpox.The person with a weakened immune system should be under a hospital consultant and been told again - avoid family who haven't had chickenpox and also haven't had the vaccine - but your family can easily get the vaccine for free.My point being the family member should know this when they are told they are susceptible due to their weakened immune system. If they don't know this 'deal' exists, it's a failure on behalf of the hospital.


You are seriously overestimating hospital consultants. I'm on longterm steroids and despite the fact I should have automatic biannual (6 month) consultant reviews the last time I had to battle and eventually contact the consultant's secretary at 18 months and push for it. I had a 3+ month wait and I only saw a registrar who told me my blood tests were 'not on the normal scale, so we will check them again in 12 months time' despite showing many symptoms linked to the irregular blood results. I was then prescribed medication in a dose that doesn't exist, given medication in injectable ampules but she was 'unable' to prescribe needles as 'the hospital pharmacy don't dispense them' and other things which mean I have little to no faith in the doctors or department.

Anyhow, long story short; despite a weakened immune system due to steroids not once have I been informed of anything like this.
Edited by: "sicklysweet" 10th Jul
Children die every year from chicken pox but people still think it's a minor illness. Once upon a time measles and mumps were thought to be minor too, but times change .
Firefly132 m ago

And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have …And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have been told - by the hospital - to inform their own family to get the chickenpox vaccine if their family haven't already had chickenpox.The person with a weakened immune system should be under a hospital consultant and been told again - avoid family who haven't had chickenpox and also haven't had the vaccine - but your family can easily get the vaccine for free.My point being the family member should know this when they are told they are susceptible due to their weakened immune system. If they don't know this 'deal' exists, it's a failure on behalf of the hospital.


Ha, I have never been told any of that. Never from a consultant, registrar, GP, nurse or any other medical professional...and I've seen enough of them. And yes, my immune system is severely compromised by several long term steroids and other medical issues (I generally have an infection in one place or other every 5 weeks).
My god some of the comments in here are ridiculous. Do you people read the Daily Mail by any chance?
This is a thoughtful, informative, and helpful post. Thanks OP. Heat added.
Firefly148 m ago

And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have …And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have been told - by the hospital - to inform their own family to get the chickenpox vaccine if their family haven't already had chickenpox.The person with a weakened immune system should be under a hospital consultant and been told again - avoid family who haven't had chickenpox and also haven't had the vaccine - but your family can easily get the vaccine for free.My point being the family member should know this when they are told they are susceptible due to their weakened immune system. If they don't know this 'deal' exists, it's a failure on behalf of the hospital.


I've been on immunosuppressents amd steroids long term in the past and never once was i told of this and i had very young children who hadn't had chickenpox yet. So don't think just because they're "supposed" to tell the patient's that actually happens. Like @sicklysweet says they were never made aware of this either.
Hospitals regularly make mistakes they are after all run by humans. My son then 3 was being sent home from A&E with a supposedly bruised knee when in fact he had a total fracture of his femur and only got the care he needed after we as parents pointed out there was something quite obviously wrong with his leg. Ended up in traction for 6 weeks (6 weeks of my life i never want to repeat again!)

At the op i just have to say thanks i had no idea chickenpox can be so bad i just thought you have to stay away from pregnant women so this is very informative for me.
Mark_Hickman3 h, 56 m ago

Did you not read before commenting its for people like my partner on …Did you not read before commenting its for people like my partner on immunosuppressents. If my daughter gets chicken pox she could pass it onto my partner and put her at risk of death as the suppressents stop the imune system being effective.


Read it again sorry had no idea.had to click to open more of it
To not immunise your children is to make them walk around in life with a loaded gun, it is wreckless and should be illegal...

Australia now fine parents monthly lots of other countries won’t allow these unimmunised children into nursery’s schools etc...

Each to their own, but immunisations should be a legal requirement at the very least imo
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 11th Jul
our two had chicken pox in the US, they vaccinate so they had not seen cases before, we ended up going to the hospital twice and each time kids were made to feel like celebrities by the docs and nurses. They were given medicine to get rid of the virus, same sort that is used for cold sores and one to stop the itching. Spots went away in a couple of days, with no scaring and our daughter only had one spot!

Talking to the doctor who was actually from Manchester he told us the same medicine was available on the NHS just doctors wont prescribe it unless asked. For us it cost small excess and about $200 for the medicine but with the way our kids healed and the no scratching at all, no scars and only about 5 spots between them I would have paid it myself.

The doc told us the vaccine cost pennies, this was about 8 years ago, like the MMR jabs which many of us paid a fortune for, I would have gladly have paid for it myself to avoid our kids having to go through what kids in the UK do.
Edited by: "eslick" 11th Jul
I can't believe people think Chicken Pox is a minor illness. If you are lucky it is but that isn't for everyone unfortunately. My youngest had it earlier this year at 8 months old and it was horrendous and he has been left with scars all over him including his face. The picture used in this post is nothing compared to what he had on his face, he was covered including eyelids and scalp. Even the GP said it was a severe case of it and he has been very unlucky.

Well if there was a vaccine on the NHS for it no child would have to suffer like he did and be 'unlucky' and from other posters replies on here he was lucky he didn't get it internally and have it even worse.
My daughter had chicken pox a couple of months ago.. I'm a long term immunsupression tablet taker so I phoned the helpline hospital and was told that even though I'm immunosuppressed, because I've had chicken pox myself, I wasn't at risk.

Chicken Pox vaccine is a standard childhood immunisation in many developed countries so I don't know why it isn't here. thankfully my daughter had a mild case but it was still horrible for her. Tried to find vaccine but there was a shortage in Gloucestershire and nearest Superdrug supply was either Cardiff or Banbury IIRC.
Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles.
Anyone any thoughts if it occurs as an adult and what to do about it?
davening39 m ago

Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles. Anyone any thoughts if it …Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles. Anyone any thoughts if it occurs as an adult and what to do about it?


Not a lot, I've had shingles now for 5 years, I've met someone who has had it 2 years longer than me. Doctors just want to give me antibiotics. I think stress is a big factor for people I've met with the same condition, and stress does appear to be a trigger.
Firefly114 h, 51 m ago

And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have …And so your family member who has the weakened immune system should have been told - by the hospital - to inform their own family to get the chickenpox vaccine if their family haven't already had chickenpox.The person with a weakened immune system should be under a hospital consultant and been told again - avoid family who haven't had chickenpox and also haven't had the vaccine - but your family can easily get the vaccine for free.My point being the family member should know this when they are told they are susceptible due to their weakened immune system. If they don't know this 'deal' exists, it's a failure on behalf of the hospital.


To add to the other comments, I've been immunosuppressed for years and my consultants never told me either. There's an awful lot they don't tell you, or forget to tell you, or won't suggest unless you magically have the knowledge yourself to ask for something. It was by chance that my family members and I learned that they shouldn't have certain 'live' vaccines*, or they'd have to live separately to me for ~3 weeks. It was equally by chance that I went on to stop an immunosuppressed friend from taking her child to get the flu nasal spray vaccine that's 'live' instead of the injection; her doctor hadn't informed her not to either.

I agree that it's a failure on behalf of the hospital, but that isn't about to change for a lot of people any time soon, so this 'deal' is very useful imo.

*I should clarify that the live chickenpox vaccine is not necessarily equal to the live flu vaccine, and there may be no need to quarantine the family member in this instance.

[Edited to fix grammar etc.]
Edited by: "Katanaqui" 11th Jul
davening1 h, 43 m ago

Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles. Anyone any thoughts if it …Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles. Anyone any thoughts if it occurs as an adult and what to do about it?


Having had Shingles, my only advice is to learn to recognise the symptoms and then get seen asap - the sooner you can begin treatment (such as antiviral medication) the better. At the time, I mistook Shingles for my usual worse condition, and it was harder to beat by the time I got it treated appropriately; I needed antivirals 5x a day, and "hospital strength" antibiotics to treat the infection I had also picked up in the sores.
Katanaqui38 m ago

Having had Shingles, my only advice is to learn to recognise the symptoms …Having had Shingles, my only advice is to learn to recognise the symptoms and then get seen asap - the sooner you can begin treatment (such as antiviral medication) the better. At the time, I mistook Shingles for my usual worse condition, and it was harder to beat by the time I got it treated appropriately; I needed antivirals 5x a day, and "hospital strength" antibiotics to treat the infection I had also picked up in the sores.


Chicken pox and shingles are really painful. When one catches chicken pox at an older age, the symptoms can be very severe.
I googled "shingles" for more info and saw amongst first few entries this:

What vitamins are good for shingles?
High-dose vitamin B12 is a time-honored treatment for shingles. The amino acid L-lysine, like vitamin C, inhibits the replication of the herpes zoster virus.
My son had a stroke at age 7 due to the chicken pox virus. It's a known complication which is just not publicised. Other countries vaccinate against this horrible virus, I think it should be offered in this country too. Bravo to OP for publicising this. Anyone who is allowed it, I'd strongly recommend having it.
Great post and really useful info for some. I'm on regular infusions of "biologicals" to knock out my immune system & being in close contact with someone with chicken pox poses a real risk to me. Back in May, both our toddlers developed chicken pox, so I had a nervous few weeks to see if I'd have any problems. I contacted my GP for advice & the receptionist told me to "It's a Friday & a Bank Holiday on Monday, speak to a pharmacist" before hanging up on me. My Specialist Nurse at the hospital said to rush into A&E if I developed any symptoms. We would have really given serious consideration to the vaccination if we'd have known it was an option available to us (that didn't cost hundreds of pounds to get done privately).
Didn't realise how bad it could be for kids. I had it as an adult and it knocked me out for nearly two weeks, temperature up to 105, periods of unconsciousness, terrible spots. Was always told that is good to get it as a child so you have the immunity as an adult. When I got it, hall the neighborhood mums sent their kids round to me, in the hope of deliberately infecting them.

After reading people experience here, I'll be definitely getting my newborns vaccinated as soon as they are old enough.
davening3 h, 34 m ago

Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles. Anyone any thoughts if it …Chicken pox and subsequent recurrence, shingles. Anyone any thoughts if it occurs as an adult and what to do about it?


The current new vaccine is a Canadian one you can read a bit about it here: theglobeandmail.com/new…85/

I don't think its available over here yet, I hope they do make it available if it is effective.
Think its only for the over 50s at the moment and not sure if people would be allowed to go over their and get it whilst on holiday or not.
Let see if this is actually a "Hot Deal" for the tax-payers. The cost of the vaccine is £27, and you need 2 separate doses to be immuned, so £54 per person + costs of 2 nurse appointments at the Doctors. How many people will need this? True, it is offered FREE for those who are eligible but it's entirely your choice. Chicken Pox like any other Viral Illness can be life-threatening, it varies among people. If you are unlucky, you can also die from Cold virus! However, the Viral Strain for Chicken Pox in the UK is not as severe as other country like USA where vaccines are given routinely. Hence, the key point here is to see your doctors if you are UNWELL even with the so called "Minor Illnesses". Most people get through the illness just fine as others.

TWO things to consider before you go for the vaccine (not just about the cost, or whether this is a "deal"):-

1) All vaccinations have side effects, you can also die from bad complications. Especially in children, there had been reported death among infants who had these vaccines and hence, it is now banned for under 1 to be given in the community - Only under Consultant Supervision. As a parent, think about the need for the jabs. It is not painless and can be traumatic. So, make sure you balance this up when making such decision.

2) If you are thinking of having Chicken Pox vaccination for this reason (transmitting infection to those with weaker immune system), you should also be mindful about other infectious diseases which are not possible to vaccinate against. Only 1% of these diseases can now be prevented with vaccination. It is not possible to stop transmission of any other 99% infectious diseases with vaccination. Hence, other approach is also needed to save them from these diseases. This include a good health promotion by the government to enhance people's understanding of their illness in order to seek help at the right time. If any of your family members or friends are not well, simply ask them not to visit people with weaker immune system.

Finally, for those who already have a weaker immune system, if you caught any of these illness including Chicken Pox, seek urgent medical advice. Doctors can provide you with treatment - which are not routinely offered to other people. For example, Chicken Pox - If you are really at risk due to weaker immune system, you can be given Antibodies called VZIG when you are in contact with those who have Chicken Pox. Even if your family is fully vaccinated, still seek help if you are not sure.
davening10 h, 12 m ago

Chicken pox and shingles are really painful. When one catches chicken pox …Chicken pox and shingles are really painful. When one catches chicken pox at an older age, the symptoms can be very severe.I googled "shingles" for more info and saw amongst first few entries this:What vitamins are good for shingles?High-dose vitamin B12 is a time-honored treatment for shingles. The amino acid L-lysine, like vitamin C, inhibits the replication of the herpes zoster virus.


For anyone considering this, I would see your doctor and discuss appropriate medication such as antivirals (see relevant NHS webpage) before relying on Vitamin B to sort Shingles out. Nothing against the user davening, but the source for the above Googled quote doesn't look entirely reliable to me.
Katanaqui13 h, 51 m ago

For anyone considering this, I would see your doctor and discuss …For anyone considering this, I would see your doctor and discuss appropriate medication such as antivirals (see relevant NHS webpage) before relying on Vitamin B to sort Shingles out. Nothing against the user davening, but the source for the above Googled quote doesn't look entirely reliable to me.


Antiviral are a must and as soon as you suspect shingles. I have recently had it and it's no fun
I have a weak immune system due to arthritis medication, chicken pox is dangerous to me. I have to avoid anyone who has it. Amazed how many parents do t even think to tell you their child has it.

It's a killer to a minority of people. You have to take this illness seriously.
wendy.kemp35 m ago

Antiviral are a must and as soon as you suspect shingles. I have recently …Antiviral are a must and as soon as you suspect shingles. I have recently had it and it's no fun


I had shingles on my eyelid. Had to have strong antibiotics as if left unchecked can lead to blindness. Don't take any chances. see your GP.
Mrlossy10th Jul

The picture is too alarmist, I think a better one could have been …The picture is too alarmist, I think a better one could have been chosen... that's just my opinion...



Could you find a better one on the internet and post here please?
Splender the reply was to the original picture since replaced. It showed a child covered in spots and in agony. You can see others also thought it innapropriate. It's clear you didn't see the original picture...
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