It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. Chickenpox used to be very common in the United States. CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults. Children should receive two doses of the vaccine—the first dose at 12 through 15 months old and a second dose at 4 through 6 years old. Children under age 13 years should get two doses First dose at age 12 through 15 months Second dose at age 4 through 6 years The second dose may be given at an earlier age if it is given at least 3 months after the first dose.
Today a Seattle mom advertised on an online parenting community that both of her children had chickenpox and then invited non-vaccinated children over for exposure. It turns out people are still having chickenpox parties. Part of this makes my head spin. After I posted this invitation on Twitter, I had physicians all over the country sharing stories some included below.
Why vaccinate against chickenpox? The risk of hospitalization and death from chickenpox is increased in adults. Chickenpox may cause complications such as pneumonia or, rarely, an inflammation of the brain encephalitis , both of which can be serious. Which adults need chickenpox vaccine? All adults who never received the chickenpox vaccine and never had the chickenpox.