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how can you catch chicken pox

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: You only get chickenpox once. After that, the varicella zoster virus lives in your nerve cells for life. It can become reactivated, resulting in shi ... Read More

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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience Pediatrics
Possibly............: There is a very small chance of contracting the virus from an immunized person. If you have been immunized yourself or had chickenpox, the chance is e ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Chickenpox is the bodies response to the first infection by this virus. Shingles is s re-awakening of the same virus that was hibernating in the same ... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. The virus is passed through oral and nasal secretions and close contact of unprotected indivi ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If they never had them as a kid they can get them as an adult. Most (80%) who don't recall having them as a kid have blood test evidence that they did ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Don't know.: Have you had a chickenpox vaccination? Have you had chickenpox before?
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Want to test ?: Many years ago kids were often labeled cpx for several forms of blistering illness because 2 million cases/yr occurred in the us and docs didn't want ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Very: A non immune person exposed to someone with chickenpox has a 95% risk of acquiring the disease.The cpx patient is contagious from a day prior to break ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
No: If you had a severe case at age 16 you should be immune to chicken pox and should not get them again.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brendan Rice
17 years experience Family Medicine
It is possible: It is possible, though babies have immunity from their mothers, so it is less common and typically more mild of a disease if they do catch it. Still, ... Read More

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