If you are among those parents who wonder whether the chickenpox vaccine is safe for the child, you can rest assured that the experts around the world have declared it as absolutely safe.
Chickenpox is usually considered to be a minor nuisance and a harmless episode that occurs during every childhood. In most cases, the disease is actually quite mild. However, it can turn very severe with horrible complications and may even cause death. Infectious disease experts in pediatrics have repeatedly experienced that healthy children can even lose their limbs due to chickenpox, as the children may develop streptococcal diseases and suffer from complications in the soft-tissues.
Since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine in 1995, the deaths caused by this disease in the USA have actually reduced by 97 percent. Previously, almost 11,000 victims of chickenpox were hospitalized every year. Out of those almost 150 patients died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has thus declared the vaccine as an effective cure for both children and adolescents.
Even if a vaccinated child does get chickenpox, the attack will be significantly mild. Every vaccine or medication may have some side effects, but over the years it is proven that the chickenpox vaccine has very rare and extremely mild side-effects. Among the most common side effects of this vaccine are:
* In 20 percent of the cases, the arm which receives the shot becomes sore for a while.
* In 4 percent of the cases, a minor rash may appear on the arm one month later.
* The very rarely occurring “serious” side effects are pneumonia or seizures.
So in order to control a serious disease threat like chickenpox, it is surely worth exposing the kid to a minor rash or brief soreness in the arm.
So, even if the vaccine does work against chickenpox, the question still remains – Whether it is completely safe for the kid or not? The experts respond to this question very positively, saying “Yes it is very safe and every child must get vaccinated”. In a few rare cases, the doctor might disallow or delay the vaccination of a child, but that will surely be due to some specific medical condition.
Over the decades, many studies have shown that the vaccine is safe and effective. The “Pediatrics” journal published a research in November 2011, which stated that; Even though babies are too young to be vaccinated for chickenpox they were indirectly reaping the benefits of older children being immunized. Because so much of the population is now immune to chickenpox, babies have a lower risk of being exposed to the disease.
In Kansas City, the Division Director for infectious disease at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics – Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. has stated that; “We’ve had a decade and a half to see how the vaccine works, and in virtually 100 percent of cases the vaccine will prevent severe illness in
otherwise healthy individuals. Vaccines are held to the ultimate safety standards, and vaccine trials involve large numbers of people.”