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Why Your Kids Need to Get Immunized Against Chickenpox

May 12, 2016

Chickenpox is a virus that causes the well-known itchy, fluid-filled blisters all over the victim’s body. Other symptoms include a high fever, loss of appetite and headaches. The virus is highly contagious and spreads easily through the air by coughing and breathing, or through skin-to-skin contact.

 

Before 1995, the year the chickenpox vaccine was introduced, about 4 million people would get the disease every year. Today, this number has decreased by 90 percent.

 

One of the major reasons a child should get immunized against chickenpox is that although most cases are mild, some people become so sick they require hospitalization, and each year there are still a small number of deaths from this disease. Another reason is that chickenpox may be lying dormant in your body for years, and later in life, as an adult, it can manifest itself in a painful disease called shingles.

 

Chickenpox is very contagious for one to two days before the rash occurs up until all blisters have become scabs. This means, even though you may not be able to see chickenpox on another person, your child may still be at risk of contracting it.

 

The first chickenpox vaccine is given at ages 12-15 months and the second booster shot is given between 4 and 6 years old. Vaccines for chicken pox and most other childhood diseases can be administered at Centers Urgent Care.

 

Centers Urgent Care is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Centers Urgent Care, contact us by phone 24/7 at (718) 502-3000, or visit us 7 days a week from 9 am until 9 pm at 61-22G Fresh Pond Rd, Queens, NY 11379.

 

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