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Despite Doctor’s Order, School Bans Girl for Not Getting Chickenpox Vaccine

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  • A Staten Island kindergartner has been barred from attending school because she hasn’t been vaccinated against chickenpox—even though her pediatrician refuses to vaccinate her on grounds that it may endanger the health of her baby sister
  • While highly contagious, chickenpox typically produces mild disease characterized by small round lesions on your skin that cause intense itching that lasts for two to three weeks. Recovery leaves a child with long-lasting immunity
  • Research shows a clear link between UV levels and the prevalence of chickenpox. The authors speculate that UV radiation can inactivate the virus, either within the lesions, or after the lesions rupture. Vitamin D produced in your skin in response to sunlight also provides anti-viral and immune-boosting benefits
  • Recent research concluded that the chickenpox vaccine has failed to provide long-term protection from chicken pox (vaccine efficacy had declined below 80 percent by 2002)
  • Widespread use of chickenpox vaccine in the U.S. has increased the incidence of shingles in children and adults and is less effective than naturally acquired immunity that existed in the general population before the vaccine was licensed in 1995 and the CDC recommended that all children get the vaccine.

By Dr. Mercola

A story that should serve as a wakeup call to all American parents is currently making headline news: A Staten Island kindergartner has been barred from attending school because she hasn't been vaccinated against chickenpox—even though her pediatrician refuses to vaccinate her on grounds that it may endanger the health of her baby sister.


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