Since the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine was introduced in the US in 1996, the disease is less common. However, a significant number of children are not fully vaccinated. This podcast discusses CDC recommendations for varicella vaccination. Created: 8/16/2012 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/16/2012. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Monitoring Trends in Varicella Incidence — Selected States, 2000-2010
Recorded: August 14, 2012; posted: August 16, 2012
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Varicella, or chicken pox, is a contagious and potentially severe disease. Since the varicella vaccine was introduced in the US in 1996, the disease is less common. However, a significant number of children are not fully vaccinated.
To get the best protection, CDC recommends two doses of the vaccine; the first at 12 to 15 months of age and again at 4 to 6 years.
If your child hasn't gotten both doses, talk to your health care provider. Adolescents and adults who have never received the vaccine and have never had chicken pox should also get two doses, at least 28 days apart.
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