by Troy Krause / Editor
Redwood Falls Gazette, MN
March 21, 2006
When I was a kid, I got the Chick-en Pox. I remember that it itched a lot, but I don’t recall there being any other real issues.
I remember my dad got them the same time that the Krause kids got them and for him it was a bit more miserable.
I just assumed for kids getting the Chicken Pox was a rite of passage.
It was something you put up with for a little while, so you didn’t have to deal with it as an adult.
Apparently, someone along the line didn’t like the Chicken Pox very much and decided that it was necessary to develop a vaccine.
That Chicken Pox vaccine has been given to thousands if not millions of children, including two of the Krause kids.
Actually, if they have not had the Pox by the time they near Kindergarten age, they are required to get the vaccine or, apparently they can’t start school.
So, when Mimi got the Chicken Pox earlier this year, we thought nothing of it. She had had a mild case of them when she was very young back when Naomi aand Caleb became part of the societal tradition.
To the surprise of the Krause adults, just four days ago my Amos came down aand complained about itching.
By Monday morning he was covered with spots. Obviously, the vaccine did not work.
I must admit I had some mixed emotions about the ordeal. I felt bad for him because he looked uncomfortable, but I was also a little more than upset.
All along Kelly and I, and many others for that matter, have argued that a chicken Pox vaccine is a waste of time. We would much rather see our children suffer through the discomfort for a period of time, like we did, than wonder if they would ever get it as adults.
I’m really hoping that my Anna gets them, too, and that we are all over them, because I would not wish the Chicken Pox on any adult.
It is my opinion that the vaccine should be stopped. Granted, there are extreme circumstances when children do get very sick and some children have died from the Chicken Pox, but people die from colds, too.
I firmly believe that the reason the vaccine is now mandated is because we live in a society where it is far too inconvenient for one parent to take that much time off of work. In a time when both parents are working, we would much rather push the issue aside than just let it run its course.
Daycare providers don’t want to deal with it, and I don’t blame them. I do blame a society that puts the almighty dollar ahead of its own, though.
One has to wonder if this vaccine has only served to develop a new strain of chicken Pox that could mean those of us who had them might get them again.
I understand the value of some vaccines. They have eradicated diseases that are far more serious than the Chicken Pox.
For those vaccines I am grateful.
For this one, I am not.
This past weekend, the eldest Krause child, my Naomi, participated in the 4-H quiz bowl competition. She was part of a Rabbit Quiz Bowl team along with some kids in the Lyon County 4-H program. They won their regional contest and qualified for the state contest in April. Nice job, Buddy. Of course, you do know that this means the Krause farm is going to increase by at least one more little creature
Source: Redwood Falls Gazette, MN