What are benefits of the varicella vaccine against chickenpox?

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The vaccine was developed to prevent childhood chickenpox.  If you never have chickenpox, you don’t carry the dormant virus, which can cause shingles later in life;  however, we don’t know how long immunity from the vaccine lasts.  Since 2000, fewer than 50 people have died from chickenpox each year, with only 6 deaths attributed to chickenpox in 2007. 

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