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Why do I need the chickenpox vaccine?

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Most cases of chickenpox are relatively mild and run their course in five to 10 days. But it can be very serious, even life-threatening, in a small percentage of people. Before the varicella vaccine was licensed in the U.S. in 1995, there were approximately 100 deaths and more than 11,000 hospitalizations a year from chickenpox. There's another reason for getting a shot for chickenpox. The illness is highly contagious and without the vaccine, it can be spread by direct contact or through the air by sneezing or coughing.

From: Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Chickenpox Vaccine."

Immunization Action Committee: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

CDC web site: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q & A."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Chickenpox Vaccine."

Immunization Action Committee: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

CDC web site: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q & A."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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