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A 39-year-old member asked:

is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters.
Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
Anesthesiology 28 years experience
Yes: You may spread chicken pox to someone who has not been exposed to it before if you have shingles.

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A member asked:

How did my child catch chicken pox?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. The virus is passed through oral and nasal secretions and close contact of unprotected individuals. If your child is immunized and becomes ill with chickenpox chances are the disease will be very mild. The better immunization rates with our children create protection for all our kids. Currently the vaccine is given at ages 1 and 4 years.
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Is there a vaccine for chicken pox?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
No: Yes. The vaccine, called varivax has been available for many years. It is given at the 12 month baby check up with a booster given at age 4 years.
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After how many days is it safe for my child to attend school without being contagious to others? ( older school going child )

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Variable: The time varies depending on the disease. A good general rule is after the child is fever free for 24 hours and without symptoms or on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours and fever free.
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Should I worry if my baby had a bad reaction to his last chicken pox shot?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: Most reactions would not prevent getting the second dose, but a severe life threatening reaction would make it unreasonable to repeat the vaccine.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How contagious is sepsis while pregnant?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: What kind of sepsis and what the organism.? Pregnancy does notake a difference.

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