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How Effective is the Chickenpox Vaccine?

Chickenpox also known as varicella is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Although many people think of chickenpox as a childhood disease, adult are still susceptible to it.

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Chickenpox Vaccine: Recommended Age, Benefits and Risks of not being immunised

The Chickenpox vaccine protects against the Varicella Zoster virus that causes the illness known as chickenpox. The Chickenpox Vaccine is not routinely offered as part of the standard childhood vaccination schedule unless someone is in close contact within their family group to a person who is particularly vulnerable to chickenpox and its complications.

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How does chickenpox kill?

Chickenpox is not usually known as a killer disease but in some serious cases, it can cause complications and occasionally even death.  The illness is mainly viewed as a childhood illness but if it is contracted during adulthood, it can be far more severe and may be fatal if it develops in late pregnancy.  The chickenpox vaccination can protect infants, children and adults against chickenpox and any subsequent problems associated with the disease.

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Tips to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Trip

Before travelling, visit a travel clinic close to you. Most of these travel clinics such as Touch Wood travel vaccine clinic usually give advise based on your planned location aside the vaccine you will be given. 

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