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Can Chickenpox Be Prevented?
      
    There is no need to take vaccinate or take drastic measures to prevent chicken pox in a healthy child; in fact, since the disease is much worse in older children and adults than in preschoolers, many parents feel that it is better to get it over with.

For certain people, however, chicken pox does constitute a serious threat. These groups include:

• Children with leukemia, immune deficiency or another debilitating illness

• Newborns whose mothers developed chicken pox around the time of delivery

• Adults who have never had the disease

• Pregnant women, particularly in the latest stages of pregnancy

People in these groups should avoid children who are currently ill or have been in contact with other children who have chicken pox. If exposure occurs, the doctor may recommend a preventive injection prepared from the serum of people recovering from shingles.

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