Vaccine Refusal Raises Chickenpox Risk
Kids Are 9 Times More Likely to Get Chickenpox if They Don't Get Vaccinated
VZV Vaccine Very Effective
The VZV vaccine is almost 100% effective for preventing severe cases of
chickenpox. Roughly one in 10 children who is vaccinated gets a milder case of
Vaccination is also believed to prevent the painful, nerve-related condition
known as shingles, which is common among older adults and is also caused by the
varicella zoster virus.
According to the National Institutes of Health, people who have been
vaccinated against chickenpox appear to be less likely to get shingles later in
Schaffner says children who aren't vaccinated can have severe complications
including bacterial infections and pneumonia if they get chickenpox.
And unvaccinated children are more likely to expose others who can't be
vaccinated to the disease or are at high risk for severe chickenpox infection,
including young infants, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune
"We vaccinate the strong so that the weak are protected," he says.
"Vaccination has always had two functions: to protect the individual and to
protect the community."