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Chicken Pox on Rise in Youth

Most cases related to shingles exposure, health officials encourage chickenpox vaccination

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are reporting a recent increase in the number of cases of chickenpox reported in school-aged children.

And, at least half of these infections were acquired from an adult family member with shingles. Chickenpox, or varicella, can be a serious illness and is easily preventable with vaccination.

"The best way to protect yourself and your child from chickenpox is vaccination," says Jessica Lopeman, a registered nurse and epidemiologist with DPH...

 

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