Numerous Cases Of Chickenpox Prompt Reminder About Immunization
LETHBRIDGE: In an age when Chickenpox should be irradicated, the illness continues to
rear its ugly head. Numerous cases have been reported in Southern Alberta over
the past month and a half. The illness is appearing in schools and among adults
in various communities.
According to Dr. Vivien Suttorp, the local Medical Officer of Health, "While
many people will recognize the rash caused by chickenpox, some don't know that
chickenpox is most contagious before the rash even appears. By getting immunized
you are protected from chickenpox, whether you know you've been exposed or
"Chickenpox most commonly causes tiredness, mild fever, coughing,
sneezing and an itchy rash; however, severe disease and complications can
develop, most often in newborn babies, teenagers, adults and persons with a
weakened immune system. Pregnant women with chickenpox can also pass the disease
onto their unborn babies, leading to serious long-term complications and birth
"This is a disease that spreads easily and, for some, can be
severe," says Dr. Suttorp. "Immunization is safe and it's effective."