Before there was a vaccine, each year chickenpox caused about 4 million people to get sick, more than 10,500 hospitalizations, and about 100 to 150 deaths.
All vaccines only provide temporary immunity. Only recovery from natural chickenpox disease will provide lifelong immunity. However,in 1995, the FDA estimated the vaccine was 70-90% effective in preventing chickenpox.
Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. The rash appears first on the epidermis of the stomach, back, and face and can spread over the entire body causing between 250-500 itchy blisters.
The vaccine contains a live, yet weakened form of the virus that causes chickenpox. It works by provoking the body's immune response to the virus without actually causing the disease to appear. This establishes a pool of antibodies that protects the body from contracting the chickenpox virus.
Avoid an itchy, blistering rash! Get the chickenpox vaccine!
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