Chickenpox is a contagious disease that causes an itchy rash of blisters and a fever. A person with chickenpox may have as many as 500 blisters. The rash can spread over the whole body. Chickenpox can be serious, even life-threatening, especially in babies, adolescents, adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
Chickenpox usually causes symptoms such as an itchy rash of blisters, fever, headache or feeling tired. Symptoms usually last about a week. In some cases, chickenpox can cause serious problems.
Complications from chickenpox can occur, but they are not common in healthy people who get the disease. Serious complications from chickenpox include bacterial infections of the skin and soft tissues in children, including Group A streptococcal infections, pneumonia, encephalitis, hemorrhagic complications, sepsis, or dehydration. Some people with serious complications from chickenpox can become so sick that they need to be hospitalized. Chickenpox can lead to missing out on school/ exams for children and parents may have to leave work to care for the sick child.
Chicken pox vaccination protects against a potentially serious and even deadly disease. Children may get chickenpox even after vaccination, but the seriousness and intensity are far less than the ones who contract if non-vaccinated.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend children receive all vaccines according to the recommended Vaccination schedule.