Is the Chicken Pox Vaccine Necessary for Babies?

An 11-month-old suffered a stroke after contracting the virus from siblings.

Vaccines have been long debated in parenting circles, but a recent incident has parents asking whether or not the chicken pox vaccine is really necessary for babies.

According to a story, an 11-month-old boy suffered a stroke after contracting chickenpox, which he likely got from his older siblings, according to a new report. The boy had not been immunized, and the case is shining a light on the importance of vaccination.

Related: Whooping Cough Outbreak Causes Infant Death

Many parents have opted not to vaccinate their children in recent years, causing huge debates everywhere from community groups to schools. While the choice is obviously an individual one, the ramifications extend beyond the family.

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This incident is just the latest in a discussion that doesn't look like it will be resolved anytime soon. To become better informed for your next trip to the pediatrician, read "How to Prepare for Baby's Well Checks".

Sami Cone

Sami Cone

Best-Selling Author & Speaker

Sami Cone is the best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", is known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town" and educates over a million listeners every day on her nationally syndicated "Family Money Minute". She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband, Rick, and their two teenage children.

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