Chickenpox (Varicella) By: Sydnee Crandall

Chickenpox, also known as Varicella is a contagious illness that causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters all over the body. This disease is usually diagnosed based on the characteristics of the rash and lesions. If not caught quickly, the illness will cause a more widespread rash, prolonged fever, and an increased likelihood of complications such as varicella pneumonia.

In 1995, the Varicella vaccine was licensed. Before it was created, only 10% of Americans over the age of 15 had not caught the disease. About 100 people died each year. After the fact, the number of cases of chickenpox had fallen more than 90%.

The Varicella vaccine contains a live, but weak form of the virus that causes chickenpox. The vaccine provokes the body to which the body's immune system does not allow the disease to appear. This process helps form antibodies that protect the body from getting the chickenpox virus.

To avoid this terrible virus, Get the Varicella vaccine today!

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Created with images by kidTruant - "I never got chicken pox as a kid, so I just got the vaccine. Hope Jenny McCarthy can forgive me." • wyldwest - "2002-POX-2372" • varvello - "Infografica Varicella Vaccinazioni" • Dplanet:: - "Amina with Chicken Pox" • MilitaryHealth - "August is immunization awareness month in the military health system."

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