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Chickenpox (cont.)

Chickenpox Prognosis

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Prior to the introduction of a chickenpox vaccine program, approximately 4 million cases occurred annually in the United States; 10,000 patients were hospitalized annually, and an average of 100 deaths occurred. The majority of deaths occurred in those who had no identifiable risk factor (for example, cancer, HIV/AIDS). Chickenpox should not be viewed as a childhood "rite of passage" and is not merely an inconvenience.

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Tammy Shields, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center.

Coauthor(s): Christopher Colwell, MD, Medical Director of Denver Paramedic Division, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD, Vice-Chief, Compliance Officer, Attending Physician Emergency Medicine Residency, Department of Emergency Medicine, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, University of South Carolina.

REFERENCE:

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A." June 1, 2009. <http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/varicella/vac-faqs-gen.htm>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/13/2014

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