The fifth US death of a child who received one dose of varicella vaccine occurred on May 7, 2012, according to recent data published in MMWR.
The 4-year-old girl had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and was exposed to her mildly ill cousin on April 10, 2012. Her cousin developed a varicella rash 2 days after the visit. The patient’s oncologist was made aware of the contact 13 days afterward. Oral acyclovir was prescribed for 7 days and the patient continued her scheduled chemotherapy, including a 5-day course of dexamethasone.
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