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Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #3

“I had chickenpox (varicella) when I was eight years old, before the first vaccine was available. I vividly recall lying in bed, scratching, and feeling miserable. Many people have had chickenpox, and most of them are “lucky,” as I was. When it is mild, varicella causes fever, achiness, cough, and an itchy rash. However, when most severe, varicella can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and sepsis. These are conditions that can lead to hospitalization, and unfortunately, death. Additionally, those who are unvaccinated and acquire chickenpox naturally are at higher risk for shingles later on in life. I see chickenpox in unvaccinated children every year in my practice. It is still a real, and completely unnecessary threat. I am very grateful that there is vaccine available to protect my patients and my own children.“~ Dr. Erin Knudtson, pediatrician

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