CDC: Chickenpox vaccination is important

April 12, 2013 12:34:06 PM PDT
It's not often that you hear about someone dying from chickenpox, but it can happen.

A healthy 15-year-old Ohio girl was admitted to the hospital with severe chickenpox. Doctors say she died three weeks later because of serious complications resulting in a viral infection.

The teen reportedly had no other underlying conditions that may have raised the odds for severe chickenpox.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the death could have been prevented if she had been vaccinated.

The CDC is using the case to remind parents of the importance of vaccination against the disease. According to the CDC, the number of chickenpox cases and deaths in the US has decreased substantially since the vaccine became available.