Chickenpox cases have been on a downward trend in the US since the vaccination program started – according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC report was published on the second of September. It found a drop of 85 percent lower incidence of chickenpox cases, between 2005 and 2006 and from 2013 to 2014.
The vaccination program consisting of two doses had begun in 2006. The biggest decline in chickenpox happened for children and teens between 5 and 14 years of age.
The varicella-zoster virus used to sicken 4 million Americans before the vaccination program had started. Around 11,000 to 13,500 would need to be hospitalized as a result. 100 to 150 used to succumb to the disease.
With the 1996 chickenpox vaccine introduction in 1996, the incidence of the childhood disease declined. Upon further research, it became obvious that the vaccination had to be done in two stages, to keep epidemics from happening.
On the other hand, kids can be administered the measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella vaccine. It has the same scheduling but it protects against more diseases – as seen above.
Those who get the vaccines separately have a higher chance of suffering fevers. Although the two-dose vaccine against smallpox is effective, it is not recommended for those who have highly allergic reactions to it. Those who develop allergies from neomycin (an antibiotic) or gelatin should avoid the shot altogether.
The chickenpox vaccine should not be given to pregnant women or those who are ill at the time of the vaccination. Women are advised to avoid pregnancy at least a month after receiving the shot.
Some of the minor side effects from it include swelling or soreness at the site of the injection, mild rashes or fevers after administering the vaccine.
Severe allergic reactions sometimes include hives, swelling of the throat or face, weakness, dizziness or fast heart beats. If such reactions appear after receiving the vaccine, you should immediately seek medical attention.
Another positive outcome of administering the vaccine was that in 2014, just 40 states had reported cases of chickenpox.
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