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Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Can I get chickenpox if I was given the vaccine as a child?

Can I get chickenpox if I was given the vaccine as a child?

Yes: A single dose in childhood protects about 85% of recipients while 2 doses at least a month apart brings it up to >95%. Rarely, one could still get it but the partial protection provided by the vaccine series (2) would decrease the risks of a hard case marked by chickenpox pneumonia or other major complications. ...Read more

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I've never had the chickenpox (proven through bloodwork last week) so they gave me the vaccine. Can i get shingles still? Or the chickenpox?

I've never had the chickenpox (proven through bloodwork last week) so they gave me the vaccine. Can i get shingles still? Or the chickenpox?

Yes: The recomendations for this vaccine include 2 doses at least a month apart as only 80%+ are protected by 1.The 2nd dose will bring that up to 95%+. Even with 2 dosses there is a minor risk of cpx but if it happened it would most likely be mild.The vaccine is a weakened form of the cpx virus, and cases of shingles have occurred after its use, but at a lower frequency than wild cpx. ...Read more

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Should the varicella vaccine be given if the child has had chickenpox and shingles? My son is 17 yrs. Old now. When he was 3 or 4 yrs. Old he had the chickenpox and shortly after acquired shingles. His immunizations records have been lost and his school w

Should the varicella vaccine be given if the child has had chickenpox and shingles? My son is 17 yrs. Old now. When he was 3 or 4 yrs. Old he had the chickenpox and shortly after acquired shingles. His immunizations records have been lost and his school w

Generally, : Generally, if a child has already had the chicken pox, then he does not need the varicella vaccine. Usually, having the disease once is sufficient for immunity against future infections. However, the school may be suggesting vaccination after lost records because it won't hurt him to receive an extra vaccination. The center for disease control recommends that if the immunization status of a child is unknown, the safest thing is to vaccinate them since extra vaccinations will not cause any harm. There is a blood test available that can check whether he has immunity from his previous infections which is another option to consider. Many health providers, however, will opt to vaccinate since giving the vaccine will not hurt and is cheaper than the blood test. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get chickenpox after the vaccine?

Is it possible to get chickenpox after the vaccine?

Yes : The vaccine is considered 85-90% effective in preventing chickenpox with a single dose in childhood & 95+ effective with 2 doses. The frequency of death or hospitalization during chickenpox drops considerably after one dose. ...Read more

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Could an adult who has never had chickenpox get the vaccine?

Could an adult who has never had chickenpox get the vaccine?

Maybe,maybe not: You may have had it & never knew it or had it called something else. If that't too much hassle i would just get it.Chickenpox can be nasty in adults. ...Read more

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Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

Rare: If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get the chickenpox vaccine?

Hard to say: You gave no relevant information upon which to base a recommendation. Most adults have had the wild chickenpox and may not remember it. If you did, having the vaccine would not hurt you but it may prevent the disease if exposed. Chickenpox can be very rough on adults. ...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