Years ago, children routinely caught chickenpox as a normal childhood illness. Some parents would even hold chickenpox parties so that if one child amongst a group had chickenpox, they could all catch it quickly.
Chickenpox is a disease most commonly associated with childhood and in the past there never used to be a vaccine for it. In the 1960s and 70s, parents would hold chickenpox parties if one child in the neighbourhood contracted the disease so that it would spread amongst the children and they would get it over with.
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.