Chickenpox and Death
Many of the deaths and complications from chickenpox occur in previously healthy children and adults. From 1990 to 1994, before there was a vaccine available, there were about 50 chickenpox deaths in children and 50 chickenpox deaths in adults every year. Most of these people were healthy or did not have a medical illness (such as cancer) that placed them at higher risk of getting severe chickenpox.
Since 1999, states have been encouraged to report chickenpox deaths to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In 1999 and 2000, the CDC received reports that showed that deaths from chickenpox continue to occur in healthy, unvaccinated children and adults. Most of the healthy adults who died from chickenpox contracted the disease from their unvaccinated children.
(Click Symptoms of Chickenpox for more information on the potential complications of this disease.)