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Time to check child's immunizations, local health officials say

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The largest outbreak of the chickenpox in the United States is now affecting dozens of kids in Indiana.

Local health officials say now is a good time to check on your child's immunizations.

The disease is characterized by fever and a red, itchy skin rash. Chickenpox is highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing and direct contact.

Officials at the Adams County Health Department say the older you are when you get this disease, the more likely you are to suffer from complications.

"Children can develop pneumonia, they can develop chickenpox and cephalitis which means the covering of their brain becomes inflamed. So it does have the potential to be very serious," Jan Hummel, Adams County Immunization Coordinator, said.

Illinois law says children must get the first chickenpox vaccination when they turn 1-year-old, or shortly after.

The CDC recommends a second dose when the child is between ages 4-6.

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