Chickenpox vaccine saves lives and prevents serious illness
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Chickenpox vaccine saves lives and prevents serious illness

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    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

    CS247225-A version 2A

    NOV 2014

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