Study: Chicken Pox Vaccine Really Helping

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.

  • Tonya

    Why does the chicken pox cause deaths? I have never known anyone who has died from chicken pox.

    • Kate

      Per the Mayo Clinic
      “The disease is generally mild in healthy children. In severe cases, the rash can spread to cover the entire body, and lesions may form in the throat, eyes and mucous membranes of the urethra, anus and vagina. New spots continue to appear for several days.”
      A common complication of chickenpox is a bacterial infection of the skin. Chickenpox may also lead to pneumonia or, rarely, an inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), both of which can be very serious.
      Other complications of chickenpox affect pregnant women. Chickenpox early in pregnancy can result in a variety of problems in a newborn, including low birth weight and birth defects, such as limb abnormalities. A greater threat to a baby occurs when the mother develops chickenpox in the week before birth. Then it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection in a newborn.
      They can also get a vary high temp – which can cause a seizure. It is also a problem for anyone that is immuno-cpompromized and hadn’t been vaccinated. Newborns and infants, people with asthma and taking steroids, etc.
      I would much prefer a vaccine to the ‘natural way’ for kids to get immunity.

  • TW

    Does anyone know if the vaccine will have an effect to prevent shingles later in life? Maybe that is a study that is still to be done given the time between childhood chicken pox and adult bouts of shingles, which not everyone gets who had chicken pox.

    • Kim

      Yes, it will help with shingles. If you get the vaccine so you don’t get chicken pox, your chances to get shingles are vastly reduced. There is also a vaccine for shingles, if you have reached a certain age.
      My husband had shingles in his late 20s and was lucky it was a small outbreak and he didn’t have any permanent nerve damage.

      Since I had usch a mild case of chicken pox as a child my Dr. is considering giving me the chick pox vaccine since if an adult catches it, it can be quite a big deal.

      • Ray

        NO, it wont help with shingles!! As a matter of fact, the incidents of shinles has significantly risen , especially in childern. My ped, admitted as much, when he was trying to convince me to vacinate my 5yr old. What’s more a co-worker’s son recieved the vacine, and still got chicken pox. apparently, there is more than one strain, and the vacine only protects against the more common one. Or so her ped told her

  • CW

    Do they say anything about the side effects of the vaccine? Any related deaths to the vaccine? Just my opinion, but are they going to cause a new super chicken pox that the vaccine doesn’t cover…I don’t get why they don’t like natural immunity? Maybe it’s because the vaccine companies are making bank?

    • Kate

      Natural immunity? Do you really want to have a child die because you think natural is better? Have you had a child have to soak in a tub for a couple hours a day and be practically coated in calamine because they itch so bad. Or have them on their face including their eyelids? Try telling a 6yr old not to scratch so they don’t get scars. Both my brothers would like to meet you. And Mom since she had to deal with this for a couple of weeks.
      The drug companies make a lot more money by you getting sick, the cost of medications to treat the disease far outweigh the cost of the vaccines.

      Since chicken pox is a virus, not a bacteria it can’t be treated so doesn’t cause a resistant strain. This is how small pox was able to be wiped out from the world.

  • reader

    In most cases, it is the secondary issues related to chicken pox that cause most of the severest reactions. Immunity is developed the same way, regardless if it is from a vaccine or the disease. The body cannot tell the difference.

  • joejoe

    Chicken pox, rarely causes death, the only death the drug companies are worried about is their finances, that’s why they are pushing these vaccines on the public and making them mandatory as possible!

    • kate

      Pushing them on the public? I guess you would rather have people suffer from these ‘natural’ diseases such as chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, polio, tetanus, etc. Much better to suffer and be scarred, lose your eyesight or die.
      And much cheaper to put some kids in the hospital at ~$10,000 a day than to spend a few dollars on vaccines.
      The outbreak of the measles in Minneapolis earlier this year sent some kids ot the hospital, so the problem is real.
      Remember, poison ivy and arsenic are natual also, but I guess we shouldn’t be worried about those.

      • Johnny Rain Cloud

        I am guessing someone will comment on here that getting the vaccine might possibly lead to autism. Remember the article that said the link between vaccines and autism was falsified? Honestly people just vaccinate your kids so they don’t have to suffer from something that can be prevented.

    • me

      Yeah, Polio rarely causes deaths, so let’s not vacinate against that either….

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