11-Month Baby Suffers Stroke After Getting Chicken Pox From Unvaccinated Siblings

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Chicken Pox isn’t only a skin disease. It is actually a dangerous virus that can possibly lead to some serious health issues such as pneumonia, encephalitis (brain swelling), toxic shock syndrome, bone and joint infections, bacterial skin infections and even death.


Take this case of a11-month-old. The baby suffered a stroke after getting infected by the virus from unvaccinated siblings who had the disease few months before.



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Good thing the baby survived but could likely have "some type of neurologic sequelae," or even a second stroke "if his arterial disease continues to worsen," said Dr. Tina Tan, a chairwoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University.


"Everyone thinks it’s a minor illness. There are a number of serious complications,” Tan explained. "Basically, the chickenpox virus infects the large blood vessels in the brain and causes inflammation in them. The blood vessels can scar and that can decrease blood supply to the brain, which can lead to stroke."


The stroke could have been avoided if his siblings got vaccines. The baby was too young to be vaccinated since he hasn’t reached a year yet.





As summer ends and school returns, doctors are encouraging parents to make sure their children's immunization records are updated. Not only that this is important for the child’s well-being but for their classmates and friends too.



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