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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chicken Pox? Not a threat, right?

So I'm sure many of you have heard of those "Catch the Pox" parties, or even attended them in your younger days.  Of course,science has made advances.  Things change.  People don't need to go to these parties and catch the disease.  And this young lady could probably tell you that she would much rather have her hand back!

The National Institute of Health lists these possible complications:
  • Newborns are at risk for severe infection, if they are exposed and their mothers are not immune.
  • Women who get chickenpox during pregnancy are at risk for congenital infection of the fetus.
  • A secondary infection of the blisters may occur.
  • Encephalitis is a serious, but rare complication.
  • Reye's syndrome, pneumonia, myocarditis, and transient arthritis are other possible complications of chickenpox.
  • Cerebellar ataxia may appear during the recovery phase or later. This is characterized by a very unsteady walk.
Just keep this list in mind. Again, we so readily forget what things were like 50-60 years ago when people actually worried about these diseases, and you were reminded of the terrible penalties in schools, at the shopping centers, etc.  I would much rather have these things be memories and historical documents, but the anti-vax pro-disease nutters seem to want to bring these things back in actuality.  I wonder if they own stock in the manufacture of iron lungs, crutches, and the like?

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