One of my very first memories was chicken pox.
I was like 3 years old– I had these damn itchy spots on my stomach, so I was standing in front of the kitchen sink, showing them to my mom like “WTF???”
Mom: Oh honey, youve got chicken pox!
Me: But I dont *WANT* chicken pox. (eyes welling up with tears, annoyed beyond belief)
Mom: LOL! Awww, I know you dont, honey.
The next couple of weeks was hell. Like I said, this was one of my first memories– Complete misery. I mean, I was a kid that had double pneumonia and still ran and played and had a marvelous time, and chicken pox *sucked*. Ive still got scars 25 years later.
So count me in as someone totally jealous of the kids who never had to get chicken pox thanks to the chicken pox vaccine. I dont glorify disease or declare it a ‘right of passage’. It friggen SUCKED.
Heres another reason to love the chicken pox vaccine: Deaths caused by chicken pox has dropped 97% in kids under 20 since the vaccine was introduced.
Like like the title of the article says (free dl of the pdf):
Chicken pox deaths per year used to be >100.
Thanks to vaccines and herd immunity.
That is friggen nuts, in a very, very good way.