Unvaccinated children at increased risk of varicella

The best way to prevent chickenpox vaccination. Adolescents and adults who are not already vaccinated against the chickenpox virus need two doses at least 4 weeks apart. The varicella vaccine has been shown that 95 per cent effective in preventing moderate to severe infection, and 70 to 90 % against minor infection.The report says that African-American men are disproportionately affected by homicide, which is the leading cause of death among non-Hispanic African-American adolescent males. The risk of death for murder for non-Hispanic adolescent African-Americans is 39.2 per 100,000, compared to 17.1 per 100,000 Hispanic men and 2.6 per 100,000 for non-Hispanic white males

The researchers found 133 confirmed cases of chicken pox doctors who met the study criteria. They compared these cases to 493 children of the same age and sex have not been infected with chickenpox. Based on this analysis, the researchers found that children of parents refuse vaccines were nine times more likely to be infected from vaccinated children with chickenpox.

This study provides evidence to counter the misperception of parents refuse vaccines for their children are not at risk for a potentially serious illness,’ said study lead author Jason Glanz , PhD, principal investigator and epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research. ‘It also provides additional information on pediatric health care providers to help transmit the benefits and risks of vaccines. This evidence should help parents and doctors when it comes to vaccines, and parents to help them make more informed decisions.’

Childhood vaccinations have led to drastic reductions in a number of serious childhood diseases, but the number of parents refuse vaccinations seems to be increasing in the United States. The study could not determine based on information available because the parents elected to refuse vaccinations for their children. The study did not assess side effects of vaccines.

Chickenpox is a childhood vaccines more often denied probably due to the perception by parents and providers that chickenpox is the least serious of all diseases preventable by vaccination.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that causes large, itchy red spots or blisters all over his body. The disease can pose a serious risk to children, especially those with little, or other immunocompromised conditions. It can also cause serious complications in pregnant women and infants . S. Since then, vaccination has reduced the annual mortality and morbidity from varicella hospitalizations more than 80 %.

Authors of the study include: David L. McClure, Ph.D., David J. Daley, MD, and Simon J. Hambidge, MD, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research, and Eric K.

France, MD, MSPH, Department of Prevention, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.