When I stretched my arms this morning and then rubbed my eyes open, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Today, for the first time in days, we have sun.
Many of the children in my five year old daughter’s classroom have chicken pox which is kinda a downer to the sunny weather. The teachers let the kids come to school even if they are still contagious!!!
I am sure by the end of the school year which is in a little over two weeks the entire class will have gotten it. All but my daughter.
All of my children have had the chicken pox vaccine. I made sure to get it taken care of while we were in the States for six months two years ago. In America, the vaccine is an obligation before children can enter Kindergarten. My oldest daughter (now 12) got the vaccine when she was two or three years old and it had first come out in the States.
Standing at the bus stop listening to the other mothers talking about how uncomfortable their children are and how they have to put cream on each sore even on the scalp, I was happy that my children are immune. Even if they do catch it (2 out of 10 that have received the vaccine are not completely immune) it will be a milder case of chicken pox than if they didn’t have the vaccine.
I don’t understand why the chicken pox vaccine isn’t being given in Europe like it is in the States. It had just been introduced in France about three years ago but wasn’t covered under the free health care. I think it was around sixty Euro for one vaccine. I don’t know if it is available or not in Switzerland. Apparently not since none of the kids in my daughter’s class have had it except for her.
I found a great article online arguing why you should vaccinate your child against chicken pox. It talks about how many in Europe think that the vaccine is not a good idea because chicken pox isn’t a serious illness and by catching it the immune system is strengthened. The article argues that in fact chicken pox is a serious illness and the vaccine is important in the protection of catching other serious diseases as a result of chicken pox.
So, I will be enjoying the sun today as well as the knowledge that my kids are vaccinated against chicken pox thanks to a short stay back home in the States! Because of that I don’t have to go through my kids crying in the night because they are too uncomfortable to sleep, I don’t have to deal with gross sores all over their little bodies which can scar and I don’t have to worry about them getting a serious case of chicken pox which may cause other complications.
I can enjoy the sun without worry.
I can’t believe that this photo was taken in February of 2007. It seems much longer.
I am starting to miss my family in the States a whole bunch.