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Study: Chicken Pox Vaccine Really Helping

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new study is showing that the chicken pox vaccine is really paying off.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said new research shows the vaccine has dramatically cut the number of deaths from the illness.

In the 12 years since the vaccine has been available, chicken pox deaths fell from an average of 105 per year to just 14 per year.

The CDC said the drop is most significant among children.

Chicken pox is caused by a virus and is highly contagious, but most kids suffer no more than an itchy skin rash and a fever.

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