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More shots, less chicken pox

October 1, 2012

Chicken pox, or varicella, is easy for kids to catch when it’s around them, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of cases has fallen around 80 percent since 1996, when vaccine became available.  “The varicella vaccine is recommended for children, who should get two doses, with the first dose given at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at 4 to 6 years of age.”  Teens and adults who’ve never had chicken pox should also get two doses, at least 28 days apart.

This information was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



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