Wee difficult child has a regular well child check today. I foresee the chicken pox vaccine discussion coming up again. I am undecided. *** First let me say...I am not against vaccines in general. In typical circumstances, I am very FOR vaccines. *** So that said, let me throw out my thoughts, here... *** Wee difficult child's bio father and I both have many, many atypical allergies and reactions to all sorts of things - environmental, drug, etc. (me being the worse of the 2 of us). In addition to more "normal" allergies, bio dad was allergic to a hypoallergenic pillow his parents bought him when he was very young. I was allergic to most of my childhood vaccinations (thus after surviving 2, I did not get any more). My oldest son is allergic to diphenhydramine hydrochloride (aka Benadryl). I have a long family history of strange and adverse reactions to sometimes common medications. My neice was allergic to the sutures used to close after an appendectomy - it took 9 months to heal the hole in her belly. My other neice (her sister) got measles and mumps from her vaccine boosters she got before starting her new nursing job. You get the picture, I'm sure - we're a doctor's nightmare when it comes to treatment options. *** difficult child has not had the chicken pox vaccine. Don't get me wrong, I think this isn't something to sneeze at, but...I'm also hesitant. If contracted while he's young, chicken pox isn't terrible. He's already demonstrated that he has similar adverse reactions to many medications. His earlier vaccines - tho given seperately in smaller doses at larger intervals, went ok. But again...do I want to take the chance on this vaccine? I don't know. *** I'd like your thougths and input. Ultimately I have to make the decision, but I'd like some outside ideas here.