I almost died when I had chickenpox. I was three years old but I remember it as if it were yesterday. So weak, such a high fever, and so much pain. Plus, those who have had chickenpox are at much greater risk of shingles in adulthood.
I agree that kids are overvaccinated these days, but chickenpox is one that I think is good. Measles too. That's another one that has killed quite a few kids.
I think the number of kids that die from chicken pox today is pretty low. That's extremely rare and we have better medicine to help if things get out of control.
I had them and it was just another childhood illness. I also had shingles once but I knew what it was, went immediately to the walk in clinic and was put on anti-virals right away and it was not that bad. Nearly dying of Celiac was far worse. Not everyone develops shingles either...that medical scare is overblown, like everything else. Kids get way too many vaccines today....they need to pick and chose the ones that apply to each situation. It just seems odd that with all the vaccines, kids are sicker today than when I was young. No one had food allergies when I was in school and diabetes was rare. It makes you wonder if the assault on a kids immune system today does something bad in the long run.