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Can a child get chicken pox even though they have had the varicella vaccine?

Can a child get chicken pox even though they have had the varicella vaccine?

Yes: Although the vaccine is the right thing to do, a percentage of children receiving the vaccine find that it does not confer immunity on everyone. But the more people that are immunized, the fewer people have it to spread.Thus "community immunity" helps also in protection. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more


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Would it be possible that a child get chicken pox even if they have had the vaccine?

Would it be possible that a child get chicken pox even if they have had the vaccine?

Rarely: It is uncommon, but is possible. Usually if the child does get chicken pox after being vaccinated, it is very mild and they recover faster. ...Read more

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How often can a child get actual chicken pox from the vaccine?

How often can a child get actual chicken pox from the vaccine?

Chicken Pox: Three to five percent of immunized children develop a mild and noncontagious form of chickenpox, consisting of a low-grade fever and a few spots. While most of these rashes occur within two weeks after the injection, these blister-like spots can occur any time between five to 26 days after the immunization. The risk of developing a vaccine-induced herpes zoster infection is 2/100, 000. ...Read more

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I was in contact with a child with chicken pox today, is it effective for me to get the vaccine now to prevent me from getting chicken pox?

I was in contact with a child with chicken pox today, is it effective for me to get the vaccine now to prevent me from getting chicken pox?

Get some protection: The incubation for chicken pox is about 10-21 days (time of contact to development of disease), and vaccine results in some immnity as early as 10 days as well and excellent by 3 weeks time. So, in your case, you will likely get some protection. However, it is a good chance that you are already immuned to it..Likely exposure to it when u were younger..Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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When a child gets the chicken pox vaccine, are they contagious with chicken pox?

When a child gets the chicken pox vaccine, are they contagious with chicken pox?

No, but : A few kids will develop an atypical vaccine response and have a few blisters come up. The blisters will contain viral particles that represent the weakened vaccine strain.These could be passed on by direct contact to an unvaccinated person.They would likely not have any outward symptoms but would then be immune as if s/he had been vaccinated. ...Read more

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Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Age 60: CDC recommends Shingles vaccine at 60. The effectiveness of all immunizations wanes with time and if you take the vaccine too early, the protection may wane by the time you need it more. Please consult this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/vaccination.html ...Read more

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If you just got a shingles vaccine, can you somehow "give" a non-immune child the chicken pox?

Probably.: The virus that causes shingles is the same one that causes chickenpox. The shingles vaccine in effect gives you an invisible (we call it "subclinical") case of chickenpox, in order to stimulate production of antibodies to the virus in your body. Although some dispute this, at least some people appear to be contagious for chickenpox for a week or so after receiving the vaccine. ...Read more

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Why would i not be immune to chicken pox if i had the varicella vaccine series as a child?

When Vaccinated?: If you are 39 years of age, i'm not sure you could have had the series as a child in the usa as it wasn't routinely available until 1995. It was used in asia in 1970's but not here. If I do the math, you were at least 22 years of age in 1995, not childhood age. You couldn't have had chickenpox as kid. Maybe you are remembering other vaccines instead that you received in childhood. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if the virulent, ...Read more