Top 10 Trends in Medicine, July 2014

July 28, 2014

#7 Clinical Trend: Pediatric Chickenpox

Varicella, commonly known in the United States as chickenpox, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The disease is generally regarded as a mild, self-limiting viral illness with occasional complications. Varicella is common and highly contagious and affects nearly all susceptible children before adolescence. Although most varicella infection confers life-long immunity, varicella clinical reinfections among healthy children have been described.

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Pediatric Chickenpox

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Before the adoption of universal varicella vaccination in 1995, varicella (commonly known as chickenpox) killed about 100 children per year in the US. That number has now been reduced to just 10 deaths per year.

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