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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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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...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?

Not likely: A rash can also occur on parts of the body other than the area of the shot. There are usually fewer than 10 blisters that are a consequence of varicella vaccine, and children with these blisters are not contagious to other people and not likely to get the actual disease because the injected chicken pox is a weaker slower multiplying strain that causes immunity from the body against it. ...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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If i had the chicken pox vaccine when i was a baby, can I still get chicken pox from skin contact with someone who has shingles?

If i had the chicken pox vaccine when i was a baby, can I still get chicken pox from skin contact with someone who has shingles?

Vaccines protect you: If you are immune to a virus like chicken pox, that means you cannot get it. You never need to be afraid of it. So, no. ...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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Even though I had chicken pox vaccine as a child, can I still contract shingles?

Even though I had chicken pox vaccine as a child, can I still contract shingles?

Yes: The chickenpox vaccine protected you from wild chickenpox. It was not designed to or promoted as protection against shingles. In fact recipients of the vaccine do get shingles but at a lower rate than those having wild chickenpox. When you are old enough, you can get the shingles vaccine,which is like the CPX vaccine only much stronger & designed to "wake up" your immune system to prevent shingles ...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?

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

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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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Could i get chicken pox even if I have had the vaccine?

A few do: The efficiency of a single dose of vaccine is about 85% while a second dose brings that up to 95% or so. Those that do get wild chickenpox after having at least one dose avoid the most severe complications. If you are susceptible, the incubation period remains 10-21 days after exposure. ...Read more

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

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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Do i need to get a chicken pox vaccine?

Do i need to get a chicken pox vaccine?

Depends: I'm assuming your not asking for yourself (a 26yo in the school and college system is required to have boosters on certain vaccinations). Otherwise blood serum can be checked for protective levels of varicella antibodies. If low..then boostering can be ordered. Secondly..is it needed? Is the person immunocompromised, very elderly etc. ...Read more

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Does everyone need to get chicken pox vaccine?

Depends: U need the shot unless you are sure you had CP as a child..Some who had it before 1yr of age or who have immune problems may have minimal protection & need a shot. As you age, natural immunity may wain enough that your previous infection comes out of hibernation as shingles. A high potency shingles vaccine can boost immunity for this group. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get a chicken pox vaccine?

Wanted to know where can I get a chicken pox vaccine?

Call your PCP: The average primary care doctor or clinic has access to the vaccine. Some will stock it while others do not.A simple call to the clinic could see if they keep it on hand or could order it for you.Many states operate public health clinics where vaccines are available, so your local health authority may be able to find it for you. ...Read more

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Can you get chicken poxs from the chicken pox vaccine ?

Can you get chicken poxs from the chicken pox vaccine ?

Shot reaction: A percentage of the vaccine recipients may breakout with atypical chickenpox, which is not the same as wild disease. Since the virus involved has been weakened in the lab, these kids have fewer spots and none of the dreaded complications of the wild disease. They could pass the weakened virus to others, but it would only be a free exposure varicella vaccine & unlikely to cause a clinical outbreak. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get chicken pox after the vaccine?

Is it still possible to get chicken pox after the vaccine?

Possibly: Studies show about 85% get lifelong protection with a single dose and &> 95% with two doses. We usually give a dose at 1 yr and another at 5.The initial dose has been shown to eliminate the serious complications occasionally seen with cpx, but may permit a milder case in some kids. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and I never got the chicken pox or the vaccine, should I get the vaccine?

I'm 22 and I never got the chicken pox or the vaccine, should I get the vaccine?

Maybe: Blood studies show about 90% of adults who do not recall having chickenpox or the vaccine have antibodies that show they did. Your doc could order such a test to see if you have protective antibodies. However, it may be simpler to just get the vaccine, since CPX is so hard on adults. It wouldn't hurt to get the vaccine even if you had CPX. ...Read more

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I'm 58, do I really need to get the chicken pox vaccine if i'm just below positive in immunity?

I'm 58, do I really need to get the chicken pox vaccine if i'm just below positive in immunity?

Maybe shingles vacc.: Older adults can get the shingles vaccine. Shingles is a recurrence of one's chicken pox virus (that has lived in the nerves for years since one caught chicken pox). Shingles affects one section of the body, and can leave significant permanent pain. People who develop shingles usually wish they had prevented it with the vaccine. Primary care doctors have the vaccine, but it is not 100% protective. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get chicken pox vaccine asap even though someone in my house just got it 3 days ago?

Do you think I should get chicken pox vaccine asap even though someone in my house just got it 3 days ago?

It depends: If you had c pox as a child you dont need it but you will need the shingles vaccine at 55y. If you never had c pox you can get it. You are not going to get c pox from the person who got the vaccine unless he or she is the unusual one who will have a mild c pox due to vaccine. ...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 exposed to ...Read more