Chickenpox vaccine strides with success in US

Chickenpox vaccine strides with success in US

Chickenpox cases in United States are declining at its maximum rate, after the 2-dose chickenpox vaccine came to use. This positive trend suggests that future would be better and may become devoid of chickenpox one day. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its new report said the disease is rarer than ever before in the country.

The 2-dose chickenpox vaccine was introduced by the US in 2006. The incidences of chickenpox since started dwindling. The cases among those between ages of 5 and 14ages have fallen significantly. Moreover, the incidences of chickenpox have dropped by 85%. The very first vaccine against the disease was released in 1996. It was given in one shot. But, the vaccine was only found to prevent the virus, not to kill it.

On contrary, the new vaccine is given in two doses. The first dose of chickenpox vaccine is given to children when they are in ages between 1 and 15 months, while the second dose is given between ages four and five years. If a child suffers allergic reaction after the first shot, parents are advised not to give another doseto the child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises all those who are not vaccinated to take immunization against chickenpox virus.

There were people who suffer from the disease for many days, but there were also those who died due to the virus. Thus, the vaccine is worth the use. The virus causes itchiness and discomfort for many daysafter infecting a person. The chickenpox, which is a contagious virus and spread quickly through air, is also known as varicella.


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