Health Tip: Chickenpox May Lead to Complications

Including pneumonia and chronic inflammation

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(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:

  • Pneumonia.
  • Bleeding problems.
  • Dehydration.
  • Inflammation.
  • 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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