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Can You Get Chicken Pox More Than Once In Your Life
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
Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.
Depends on variables: Most will only have it once. Some have other blister producing illnesses like hand/food/mouth disease and are mislabeled cpx, only to have real cpx later. A handful of people with immune deficiencies have had it repeatedly.Some feel infants who have it under 6 mo may be susceptable to a repeat later.So for 99% of the population, one time is what to expect. ...Read more
No: A single dose given over the age of one is considered 100% preventative of major complications but only 85% protective against the disease. After two doses at least 1 month apart, the protective level rises to 95%. Anyone with an immunity problem may have a muted response to any vaccine. ...Read more
Does getting vaccinated for chicken pox guarantee that you will never get it in your life? Test basic consult.
No.: You may still get it, but if so, it is usually much milder than the usual course. ...Read more
Vaccine rash/risk: There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since it is a weakened virus.There will be fewer blisters.An estimated 10-15 % kids with a single dose remain at risk of cpx while a booster done later drops that to <5%. ...Read more
Depends on variables: Most will only have it once. Some have other blister producing illnesses like hand/food/mouth disease and are mislabeled cpx, only to have real cpx later. A handful of people with immune deficiencies and those that have had a bone marrow transplant may have it again (should get the vaccine). For 99.9% of the population, 1 is the magic number. ...Read more
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