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A 45-year-old member asked:

how long is it supposed to it take after getting varicella vaccine to become immune to chicken pox?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
4-6 weeks: Hard to be precise because the answer is based on when it was measured and no one checked day after day. At 4-6 weeks, immune response was strong. The exact % response varies by age. A second later dose raises overall response rates a small but significant degree. Two doses seem to keep kids protected for many many years; adults not as exact. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5604a1.htm.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Who should get chicken pox (varicella) vaccine?

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Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
ALL children: And anyone who has not had chickenpox.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Do doctors think it's guarenteed that a person taken the varicella vaccine wont get chicken pox?

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Dr. Todd Zimmerman
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: You have a better chance of not getting chicken pox. Sometimes immunizations are not 100% effective. If you are immunized you have a much better chance of not getting chickeb pox or a less severeillness if you, but it is not guarenteed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it guaranteed that a person who's taken the varicella vaccine won't contract chicken pox?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No guarantees: No vaccine is 100% effective, so it's impossible to guarantee immunity, but it definitely lowers your risk.

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