Health Tip: Chickenpox May Lead to Complications
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By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox is a contagious viral infection. While most recover fully, some kids and adults suffer serious complications. People with HIV/AIDS and others with weakened immune systems appear to be at greatest risk.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says possible complications of chickenpox include:
- Bleeding problems.
- Infection of the brain, skin, bones or joints.
- Sepsis, a bacterial infection of the bloodstream.
The chickenpox vaccine is the best way to protect you and your child from the disease, the CDC says.
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