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Illinois ranks top 10 in the nation for chickenpox

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Illinois residents may itch and scratch more than people in other states. That's because it's one of the top 10 states in the nation for chickenpox cases.

The group "Sickweather" tracks illnesses through Facebook and Twitter to figure out where certain ailments are most prominent.

it determined Illinois ranks third in the most chickenpox reports total, as well as the most cases per capita.

Doctors say more people need to take advantage of chickenpox vaccines.

"Each year kids die of complications of the chickenpox. It can cause staph infections and meningitis so it's still a really bad disease. And if you can get one, two shots that prevent your from getting a really bad disease that can cause death, I would do it," said William Renk, a pediatrician with Swedish American Hospital.

Doctors say vaccines decrease your chance of getting chickenpox by roughly 80 or 90 percent.

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