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Doctors credit decline of chickenpox with two doses of vaccine

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We rarely hear anymore about those awful red, itchy blotches that were once a normal part of childhood.

Doctors credit the decline in Chickenpox with two doses of the vaccine. 

The centers for disease control and prevention reports an 85% drop in cases since doctors began routinely recommending that second vaccine dose in 2006.

Chickenpox can be quite dangerous for some people, especially babies and people with a weak immune system.

The vaccine is effective, but does not prevent every single case. 

Doctors say those who do get the illness even after vaccination tend to get a milder version. 

The CDC recommended kids get their first dose just after their first birthday, and the second between four and six years-old.

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