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Chickenpox (varicella)

Chickenpox (varicella) is a disease caused by a virus. Most people with chickenpox get very itchy blisters and sores all over their body.
Chickenpox is spread person-to-person through the air. It is very contagious.
Chickenpox can be a serious disease, especially in babies and adults. The disease can cause serious skin infections, pneumonia, brain damage, and even death. Chickenpox is especially dangerous for people whose immune systems are weak because of illness or medications.
Chickenpox is still infecting people in the U.S. and the rest of the world. It is extremely contagious and can be spread by an infected person before they even know they're sick.
Vaccination is the most effective step you can take to be protected from this serious disease.
Chickenpox Vaccine Schedule
All children should get 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine starting at age 1. Some teens and adults may also need this vaccine if they didn't get 2 doses of the vaccine or chickenpox disease when they were younger.
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Chickenpox
Chickenpox
Find fact sheets for parents and children, resources, multimedia, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about Chickenpox (varicella)
Information about Chickenpox (varicella)
Includes information about the disease, immunization, recommendations, and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
A Look at Each Vaccine: Chickenpox (varicella)
A Look at Each Vaccine: Chickenpox (varicella)
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines from the Vaccine Education Center
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Video Library
Video: One Family's Struggle with Chickenpox
One Family's Struggle with Chickenpox: Adam's mother describes her experience when her son, 7-year-old Adam, developed a severe case of chickenpox. He lived, but the infection compromised his immune system and affected almost every organ in his body.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from chickenpox
Chickenpox Claimed the Life of My Son Christopher
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More Chickenpox Information
Chickenpox: Make sure your child is protected
Chickenpox: Make sure your child is protected
Vaccine summary for parents
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Chickenpox Questions & Answers
Chickenpox Q&As
Chickenpox disease and vaccine information
Chickenpox: Overview for Parents
Overview for Parents
Frequently asked questions
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Chickenpox Fact Sheet
Chickenpox Fact Sheet
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Chickenpox: What You Should Know
What You Should Know
Chickenpox Q&A fact sheet
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Chickenpox Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
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This page was reviewed on March 27, 2014
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