Varicella/chickenpox in kids

Written by Dr Martin Gray

January 10, 2023

There are several benefits of being vaccinated against varicella (chickenpox) for children:

1. Protection against disease: The vaccine provides protection against chickenpox, which can be a severe and potentially life-threatening illness, especially in young children.

2. Preventing outbreaks: By having high vaccination coverage in a community, outbreaks of chickenpox can be prevented, reducing the spread of the disease and protecting those who are unable to be vaccinated, such as newborns and individuals with weakened immune systems.

3. Preventing complications: Chickenpox can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis (brain inflammation), and skin infections. The vaccine can help to avoid these complications.

4. School attendance: Chickenpox can keep children out of school for several weeks, which can cause disruptions to their education and impact their future success. Vaccination makes children less likely to miss school due to chickenpox.

5. Cost savings: Vaccination against chickenpox is cost-effective in the long run, as it prevents the need for medical treatment, missed school and work, and other costs associated with the disease.

Overall, vaccinating against chickenpox provides many benefits for children and their families, helping to protect their health and well-being and ensuring a more stable and productive future.

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