Monday, November 7, 2011

Dangerous Varicella (Chickenpox) Lollipops

A new and dangerous practice has emerged: parents who fear the chickenpox vaccine can try to infect their kids the “natural” way by sending off for mail-order lollipops licked by kids who have the disease. This is a very deceiving concept for a couple different reasons; getting the chickenpox vaccine is actually much safer than getting the chickenpox disease and the disease is spread through sneezing, coughing and breathing, not oral secretions. There are many other diseases spread through saliva you would not want to subject your children to, influenza, viral meningitis and hepatitis are a few.

Chickenpox is generally mild however severe complications, including, bacterial infection of the skin, swelling of the brain, and pneumonia, can arise in some people. Because chickenpox is a herpes virus, infection is life-long. This means that a person who has had the chickenpox is likely to contract a painful rash called shingles years later. The chickenpox vaccine keeps kids from getting the chickenpox virus. There a lower risk for complications and contracting shingles later in life for people who have been vaccinated for chickenpox as opposed to people who have had the chickenpox disease. Before the vaccine about 100 people died annually as a result of the chickenpox in the United States. Now, with the vaccine, the number of people that die annually from chickenpox is about 20.

Please visit our chickenpox page to learn more about this highly contagious disease.

Call Passport Health 1-888-499-PASS (7277) to schedule an appointment to protect you and your loved ones against chickenpox today.

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