Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Varicella Vaccinations: Protecting Yourself and Others from Chickenpox
Cases of chickenpox have been steadily growing over the last few years, resulting in more outbreaks. While this may not immediately cause concern among adults, the rise of chickenpox cases should definitely motivate you to get yourself vaccinated—especially if no one in your family has ever come down with the ailment.
Why get vaccinated? Although chickenpox is usually seen as a childhood disease, adults who do not have the appropriate antibodies from being vaccinated are also at-risk of contracting the virus. While a week or two of itching may not seem like much, the truth is that contracting chickenpox as an adult is much more dangerous.
Symptoms are usually more severe in adults
Medical studies have shown that people who contract chickenpox as adults suffer from more severe symptoms. To be specific, adults usually experienced higher fevers and more intense itching than children.