TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Chickenpox vaccination clinics continue in Vigo County, nearly one month after health officials announced an outbreak of the illness in county schools.
For many adults, chickenpox is remembered as a standard part of childhood. Talk of the illness has even reminded some of the days when parents held "chickenpox parties" in hopes of exposing their children to chickenpox early and avoiding a tougher sickness later in life.
In the mid-90s, however, parents began vaccinating their children against chickenpox, experts said.
Among the reasons for those vaccinations are potentially dangerous complications that can come from getting chickenpox at certain times in life, said Joe McKanna, System Manager of Infection Control at Union Hospital.
"If someone gets it when they're older, (or when they're) under one year of age … there's a more increased risk of side-affects and complications," McKanna said. "That's why it's important to try and get vaccinated."
Despite the potential risks, McKanna said announcements of chickenpox outbreaks are not meant to scare people, but are meant to keep parents and others informed about their children's health.
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