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Doctor insights on: Chicken Pox Virus

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Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Yes: Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact. Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood. http://patient.info/doctor/chickenpox-pro ...Read more

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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 chicken pox from the vaccine (against chicken pox)?

Can chicken pox from the vaccine (against chicken pox)?

Yes and no: A small percentage of vaccine recipients can and do break out a week or more after varicella vaccination.This is not the wild chickenpox but a manifestation of the weakened vaccine virus. Most have fewer than a dozen lesions, compared with an average 200-250 with wild chickenpox. Such an event does provide longlasting protection from the wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is chicken pox contagious ?

Is chicken pox contagious ?

Of course it is: Of course thru droplets, respiratory and contact. Immunization provides protection. It is safe when ther are no new lesions and all the old ones are scabbed over. ...Read more

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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox spread?

Contact: It's viral infection. Usually need contact with patient (who acts as source). ...Read more

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Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Vaccine rash: 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 the weakened virus does not have the same potency.The blisters of wild cpx often average about 200 while with the vaccine rash often has less than 15.Protection from future cpx is assured. ...Read more

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Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Unlikely an issue: A properly vaccinated kid would have about a 5 % risk of ever getting varicella.Ophthalmic shingles is only contagious through the debris from the lesions, not though droplets like regular chickenpox. If the vaccinated child did not have direct contact with the lesions or debris there would be no risk of infection. ...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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How long is chicken pox contagious? 

How long is chicken pox contagious? 

Varies: Patients (usually children) are infectious to others for roughly 2 days before the blisters occur and then until the blisters have formed scabs covering them completely, about 4 to 5 days. ...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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Who gets vaccinated for chicken pox?

Who gets vaccinated for chicken pox?

Children over 1 year: Normal, healthy children over 1 year of age can get the chicken pox vaccine. A child who has already caught natural chicken pox disease usually doesn't need a vaccine (the parent should ask the child's doctor about it). Adults who are not immune to chicken pox may also be able to get the vaccine. ...Read more

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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more

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Rashes like chicken pox ?

Rashes like chicken pox
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See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Does varicella (chicken pox) vaccine actually cause a mild form of chicken pox?

Does varicella (chicken pox) vaccine actually cause a mild form of chicken pox?

Yes 1% can get mild: 1% of patients can get a mild form of chicken pox after few days because it is live vaccine. ...Read more

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