Myth – "It is unnecessary to give my child the chickenpox vaccine because everyone must be infected with chickenpox at least once in a life time."
Fact – Chickenpox can be a fairly mild disease, but it is not always. There is no way to know who will have a mild case and who will be very sick4.
The disease can also cause serious problems, including4:
Bacterial infection of the skin and tissues under the skin
Dehydration (loss of body fluids) from vomiting or diarrhea
Pneumonia (lung infection)
Encephalitis (brain swelling)
Myth – "It is good to "clear" the impurities from the body by having as many ‘pox’ or lesions as possible."
Fact – This is not true. Possible complications of chickenpox infection include skin infection such as sores becoming more red, swollen, or tender5.
Avoid scratching as it can cause scarring, and affect the healing process, increasing the risk of a bacterial infection5.
Seek immediate medical attention if the following conditions occur5:
The rash spreads to one or both eyes.
The rash gets very red, warm or tender indicating a possible secondary bacterial skin infection.
The rash is accompanied by dizziness, disorientation, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, tremors, loss of muscle coordination, worsening cough, vomiting,, stiff neck or high fever.