The Signs Of Chickenpox, Bev Connelly Essay

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As her 12-year-old son began to show the telltale signs of chickenpox, Bev Connelly had figured that a few days of rest would be just what Josh needed to recover. As a healthy, active young boy in middle school, Josh seemed capable of combating the infection that almost everyone experiences during childhood. It wasn’t until the night of April 13, 1996, when Josh’s symptoms became more severe, that Bev realized that this commonly contracted virus could change her life forever. Josh’s fever became increasingly high, so he was rushed to the hospital, where the doctor warned them that pneumonia was a possible complication of chickenpox. Josh showed no signs of pneumonia and was sent home; a few hours later he was dead. As Bev reflected on the events leading up to her son’s premature death with the knowledge that he would have received the new varicella vaccine just a couple months later, she shared her disbelief in knowing that there are parents who would voluntarily decline to have their children protected against such an easily preventable disease (Connelly, Bev).
Today we are very fortunate to be protected from various life threatening diseases and illnesses and that is due to vaccinations. Certain diseases that used to be very common, including tetanus, polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, and mumps, to name only a few are now preventable. Although childhood immunization can potentially be one of the most important things parents can do for their children, the…

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