New hope for health experts as chickenpox cases are significantly reduced due to vaccine.
The number of chickenpox cases in the U.S. has decreased by an incredible 85 percent since the introduction of the 2-dose vaccine back in 2006.
The report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the largest decline in chickenpox cases were in the age ranges of 5 and 14 – the children who would have received the second dose of vaccine.
Chickenpox was once extremely common and most of us remember getting the itchy, rashy spots as a child. Those that were lucky enough to not suffer at a young age still have a chance of contracted it as an adult but with far more damaging consequences – higher likelihood of congestion, a weakened immune system leading to susceptibility of pneumonia and possibility of shingles later on.
The CDC believe that vaccination against chickenpox will prevent around 3.5 million cases as well as 9000 hospitalization cases and nearly 100 deaths each year. However, not all people are able to have the vaccination – those that developed allergic reactions and those that are allergic to an antibiotic called neomycin as well as those allergic to gelatin.
“People should not get chickenpox vaccine if they have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine or to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin. People who are moderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled should usually wait until they recover before getting chickenpox vaccine. Pregnant women should wait to get chickenpox vaccine until after they have given birth. Women should not get pregnant for 1 month after getting chickenpox vaccine.”
For more information on chickenpox you can visit the CDC website.