If you don’t vaccinate for chicken pox you could get shingles.
This according to Calgary Family Doctor Ted Jablonski, or as we call him Dr. J.
“In theory if you immunize against (chicken pox) you can prevent shingles as well as you can prevent any potential life-threatening complications,” says Dr. J, adding that shingles is quite common, “I would say in my usual practice I probably make a diagnosis once a month, or even sometimes twice a month.”
Bruce wonders if kids are given shots for both chicken pox and measles when they are in school.
“For measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox the immunizations are (given at) age 13 months, give or take, and between four and six years, or at school entry,” says Dr. J.
There has been an anti-vaccine movement, “are we seeing an increased number of (chicken pox and measles) cases because of that?” asks Bruce.
“I can’t say…in my own practice I’ve seen a lot of change in the last few years because of people not vaccinating,” says Dr. J. However, “it may very well happen and if it happens it’s not going to be pretty.”