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Chicken Pox - Is Immunity Possible?

I recently found out at age 22 (almost 23) that I have not been vaccinated for chickenpox. I found this highly surprising, and figured I was vaccinated many years ago. When children go to school, typically it is required. But apparently my mother had found a way around that by stating it as a religious preference. When I asked her why she didn't vaccinate me, she said that she had chickenpox years ago and would have passed on the immunity cells to me.

I'm clearly not a doctor by any means, which is why I'm asking if this is possible. It seems unlikely to me because if that was the case, wouldn't the immunity have been passed down through parents have made vaccinations unnecessary? And yet kids still get chickenpox, so this seems flawed.

If there is no immunity, should I make sure to get the vaccination ASAP? Will the vaccination effect me harshly since I will be getting it so much later than most? What is the best course of action?
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Have you never had the chicken pox when you were a child? If not I would get the vaccine, if so then you should be fine. I believe the only way you can be immune to it is if you had the chicken pox or had the vaccine. But maybe check with your doctor.
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No, I have never had chickenpox.
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I would get the vaccine then. I dont believe you are immune to it, but check with your doctor and they can tell you more.
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You can request to have a titer done to test your immunity. I was not vaccinated, my mom tried for years to get me to catch it naturally before I got a very very mild case at 16. I literally had two little blisters and that was it. We werent sure what it was, except that we knew id been exposed to shingles. My titer came back positive, so I don't have to get the vaccine. I had another friend though who.got full blown chicken pox at 23 and it was horrible....def get a titer and/or vaccine asap!
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Please get the vaccine. I was 32 when my daughter brought Chicken Pox home. Not only did my older daughter catch it, so did I. Their cp wasn't that bad, but mine was terrible - doctor said it looked like I had stuck my face in a deep fryer. LOL I would not want anyone to go through what I did.
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