Saturday, April 6, 2013

Varicella Cases Remind of Vaccination Importance


Sutter Creek, CA - Amador County Public Health has confirmed three cases of Varicella, commonly known as Chickenpox, in children in the community. Public Health, in collaboration with Sutter Amador Hospital and Sutter Medical Foundation, is investigating possible contacts for each case. The reported cases are mild. No individuals have been hospitalized

This is a good reminder of the importance of vaccination. Before the introduction of the Varicella vaccine in 1995 there were 4 million cases of Chickenpox with 100 to 150 deaths each year in the United States. With vaccination the number of outbreaks has decreased dramatically each year. Chickenpox deaths have declined 93% compared to the pre-vaccine era.

Prior to entry into kindergarten child immunization recommendations include the varicella vaccine. The first dose is routinely given at age 12 – 15 months, followed by a second dose between age 4 and 6 years.

Amador County Public Health holds immunization clinics on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM for uninsured. Community members may also contact their primary medical provider for information on vaccination status. Recommended immunization schedules for children and adults are available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/.

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