Chickenpox vaccine saves lives and prevents serious illness
Published Date:November 18, 2014
Corporate Authors:National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (U.S.). Division of Viral Diseases.
Description:Chickenpox-related deaths in the U.S. have decreased dramatically.
[Graph depicts decline in number of deaths per year from more than 120 in 1994 to fewer than 20 in 2010 while vaccination rate increased from around 10% in 1996, the year that U.S. vaccination program began, to 90% in 2010.]
Before U.S. vaccination began:
• Chickenpox caused more than 100 deaths every year
• Chickenpox caused more than 10,000 hospitalizations every year
• More than 4 million people got chickenpox every year
Since U.S. vaccination began (after 15 years of vaccination):
• 90% decrease in deaths, meaning fewer than 20 people die from chickenpox every year
• 84% fewer hospitalizations, meaning fewer than 1,700 people are hospitalized for chickenpox every year
• 92% fewer cases means fewer than 350,000 people get chickenpox every year
Two doses of vaccine are needed to protect against chickenpox.
Find out more about chickenpox at http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/
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