More than 20 states have passed the requirement that children entering childcare or school must have a history of chickenpox, blood evidence of immunity, or evidence of receiving the chickenpox vaccine. Many other states are in the process of enacting such requirements.
A recent study found that 7 out of 10 children, given the choice, would rather have the shot than have the natural disease. 7 out of 10 children also considered chickenpox to be worse than many other common childhood ailments, including colds, earaches, sore throat, and fever. The study also found that 3 out of 4 parents are unaware that death is a potential complication of chickenpox.
You can catch the chickenpox from the chickenpox vaccine, but it is extremely rare. It has only been documented in healthy people on three occasions out of the 21 million doses of vaccine distributed. All three cases resulted in mild disease without complication.