Do you remember when you had chicken pox (varicella)? You had a fever, felt really sick, and itchy red spots formed all over your body. The spots soon became blisters that formed into scabs. Although chicken pox is often called a “nuisance” illness, it is really a serious disease that kills nearly 100 people a year.
The New Chicken Pox Vaccine
Now those lives will be saved, because last March the Food and Drug Administration approved a new chicken pox vaccine. Now children who get this long-awaited vaccination will have no idea what it is like to get chicken pox, just like you have never gotten other diseases such as mumps, polio, or smallpox.
Most likely, you’ve received vaccinations against these and other illnesses so you won’t get them. The vaccine causes your body to make antibodies against the disease-causing virus, so if the virus ever tries to attack your body again, the antibodies will be able to fight it off.
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