Unbelievable? United Nations ambassador from Hollywood, Angelina Jolie has announced she’s stricken with a case of the chicken pox… Coincidentally, Jolie has recently been hit with criticism by Japanese historians over her latest movie Unbroken and will be missing the premiere media blitz over the next few days.
There’s a chance that this illness was staged to avoid the tough questions that have arisen over the movie, a historic fiction about a U.S. Olympic runner turned prisoner-of-war.
Or it’s possible that Jolie actually did get chicken pox, she has a lot of children. But either way the most likely scenario is that this story will be used to push for a chicken pox vaccine for adults, as they’ve already got all children expected to have had the shot.
Here’s some notes on the Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine on webmd.com:
- It’s also called the varicella vaccine, because chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
- The vaccine is made from a live but weakened, or attenuated, virus.
- Before the varicella vaccine was licensed in the U.S. in 1995, there were approximately 100 deaths and more than 11,000 hospitalizations a year from chickenpox
- The illness is highly contagious and can be spread by direct contact or through the air by sneezing or coughing. Also, someone can get it by coming in contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
- The chickenpox vaccine is recommended for all children under age 13 who have not had chickenpox. It is also recommended for all adolescents and adults who have not been vaccinated and have not had chickenpox.
- Since 2005, the vaccine has also been available as part of a combination vaccine called MMRV, which offers protection against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.
- All medicines have potential side effects.
Are There People Who Should Not Get a Chickenpox Shot?
Pregnant women, because the vaccine’s effect on the fetus is not know
Anyone allergic to gelatin; a gelatin-free version of the varicella vaccine is available.
Anyone allergic to neomycin
Anyone with an immune system disease
Anyone receiving high doses of steroids
Anyone being treated for cancer with X-rays, drugs, or chemotherapy
Anyone who had a transfusion or received blood products within five months prior to the shot
- About 2% of the children who are vaccinated develop a very mild case of chickenpox, usually with no more than five to six blisters.
- It’s important to keep in mind that up to 90% of the people who get the vaccine will not catch chickenpox.*
* Note: this means up to 10% of the people that take the vaccine will still catch chickenpox
THE SHOT IS THE PANDEMIC