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Ive been exposed to a child who has chickenpox. he just got the spots. i have never had chicken pox. how likely am i to get it as an adult and what should i expect ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: As little as 1/2 hr in the same room with an active case can give the disease to susceptible people. If you never had it, you could get the vaccine within a few days of exposure & my avoid it. Some adults may have had it without symptoms and be immune. However, make every effort to avoid it as adult cases can be deadly (chickenpox pneumonia). Incubation is 10-21 days.

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