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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 not."

"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 defects."

"This is a disease that spreads easily and, for some, can be severe," says Dr. Suttorp. "Immunization is safe and it's effective."

For more information on chickenpox immunization, visit
www.albertahealthservices.ca/parents.asp  or call Health Link Alberta, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).



Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 4/17/2014 6:52:36 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News with files from Alberta Health PSA
 
 
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