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Chickenpox shots save nearly $100 million

Tuesday, September 7, 2004 Posted: 11:48 AM EDT (1548 GMT)

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Vaccinating children against chickenpox saves the U.S. health care system nearly $100 million a year in reduced hospitalizations for severe cases of the itchy disease, a study found.

Though most people who get the usually mild disease can be treated at home, chickenpox can be serious, and complications requiring hospitalization can include severe skin infections, encephalitis and pneumonia.

Article from CNN:Health