used to be thought of as a mild childhood illness. The truth is
that it can
cause serious health problems, even death. This disease is
easily spread through the air by sneezing and coughing or
through contact with someone's chickenpox sores. If you've never
had chickenpox, you can get infected by just being in the same
room with someone who has the disease. Chickenpox usually causes
a rash with itchy sores, tiredness and fever. It can lead to
scarring, pneumonia, brain infection or death. Complications
occur most often in very young children, adults or people with
damaged immune systems.
people recover after one week, some do not. Every year in the
United States, around 10,000 people are hospitalized and up to
100 people die from complications of chickenpox.
Vaccine for chickenpox is given in the Var (varicella) to children and adults or in MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella varicella) vaccine to children 12 months through 12 years of age.