I gather they want to bring one for chicken pox now. Why? What's so bad about chicken pox?
This always makes me rather cross. Chickenpox is just as much of a life-threatening disease as Measles, Mumps, Rubella and all the rest.
I never had chicken pox as a child. I caught it as an adult, and it was only because my GP was willing to blow a large chunk of his prescription budget on fancy drugs for me that I avoided being hospitalised with the illness. As it was, it is the worst illness I have ever had. I spent 5 days in bed on the edge of consciousness, unable to swallow because of the excruciating pain of the spots inside my mouth, throat and right down to my lungs. I lost 9lbs in weight and took a month to fully recover.
One of my children was hospitalised when he caught chicken pox - on intravenous antibiotics for an infected lymph gland for 3 days. If he had not been treated promptly he could have developed septicaemia.
Chicken pox can cause severe foetal damage in the first 3 months of pregnancy, often before a woman even realises that she is pregnant. An elderly person can be killed by a dose of chicken pox.
THAT is what is so bad about chicken pox. The vaccination should be made available in this country, as it has been in the USA for many years. If you want to opt out of it for your child and risk any of the above, it is your choice. If you do, and your child catches chicken pox, please don't expose them to anyone else until they are no longer infectious unless that person knows for certain
that they have already had the illness.