A new study targets parents who chicken out on giving their kids the chickenpox vaccine
Most parents don't give much thought to chickenpox -- a disease from their childhood that they remember as uncomfortable and itchy. The laissez-faire attitude toward these pox may be the reason many parents forgo the vaccine for their kids -- remember chicken pox parties? What these parents don't realize is that almost 100 people die annually from the disease and thousands more require hospitalization.
Now a new study conducted by Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent
Medicine says that children who are not vaccinated for chickenpox are
nine times as likely to come down with a bad case of spots.
American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman and momlogic expert Dr. Alanna Levine says varicella (or chickenpox) vaccine should routinely be given to children between 12 and 15 months and then again between 4 and 6 years old. "When parents refuse the vaccine," says Levine, "it's often because they remember having a mild case."