Chickenpox is a highly contagious skin disease characterised by fever and rash.
The rash begins as itchy red spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters.
These blisters dry up and form scabs in 4 to 5 days.
Some people may have only a few blisters whereas others can have as many as 500.
The disease spreads through sneezing, coughing or contact with fluid
from the infected person’s rash.
Complications of chickenpox include skin infections, lung infections and infection of the brain (encephalitis).
Chickenpox may also resurface as shingles.
Chickenpox may increase the risk of death among newborns infected by their mothers.
Chickenpox is an uncomfortable disease to say the least.
Avoid chickenpox and its complications by getting the chickenpox vaccine
The chickenpox vaccine is available for children from as young as 12 months,
followed by another dose at least 4 weeks later.