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Does Varicella vaccine reduce my child’s risk of hospitalization and death when received in accordance to the Center of Disease Control recommendations?


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Varicella vaccine does reduce death rates from the illness by about 80%, but, interestingly, the older vaccines have better outcomes. My theory is that the newer the vaccine, the lower the mortality benefit. We’ll see. Go ahead and have your child get this one.


1. Roush SW1, Murphy TV; Vaccine-Preventable Disease Table Working Group. Historical comparisons of morbidity and mortality for vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. JAMA. 2007 Nov 14;298(18):2155-63 2. https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/ 3. https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb146.pdf


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