Cases of chickenpox have been steadily growing over the last few years, resulting in more outbreaks. While this may not immediately cause concern among adults, the rise of chickenpox cases should definitely motivate you to get yourself vaccinated—especially if no one in your family has ever come down with the ailment.
Why get vaccinated? Although chickenpox is usually seen as a childhood disease, adults who do not have the appropriate antibodies from being vaccinated are also at-risk of contracting the virus. While a week or two of itching may not seem like much, the truth is that contracting chickenpox as an adult is much more dangerous.
Symptoms are usually more severe in adults
Medical studies have shown that people who contract chickenpox as adults suffer from more severe symptoms. To be specific, adults usually experienced higher fevers and more intense itching than children.
You’re more likely to be hit with complications
You are also more likely to develop complications if you contract chickenpox as an adult. Your immune system tends to be very weak due to the severity of your symptoms. This increases the risk of contracting more dangerous illnesses, such as pneumonia and encephalitis.
The viruscan lead to shingles
Shingles is an illness brought about by the varicella-zoster virus, the very same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is a nerve infection that causes painful rashes and blisters to develop on the skin. The can be dangerous due to possible complications , such as disseminated zoster, a condition that causes the rash to affect the heart, lungs, liver, and other organs.
Fortunately, getting vaccinated can help you and your children avoid contracting chickenpox. Further, vaccination doesn’t just protect you; it also protects those who are too young or too sick to get the vaccine. After all, they cannot get a disease that you do not have.
Keep yourself and those around you safe. If you did not contract chickenpox as a child and/or have not been vaccinated for the disease, do not hesitate to visit an urgent care facility, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, that offers travel vaccinations.
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