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I have had my 1st varicella immunization, and i had the chickenpox when i was like 8 yrs old, do I need to get booster?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The cpx vaccine was found to be ~ 85% protective with one dose and >95% protective with 2 doses at least 28 days apart. Some that do get the illness after vaccination have a milder case or unusual pattern of blisters. The main selling point of the vaccines in the beginning was it's ability to decrease the frequency of death & hospitalization to minimal levels. ...Read more
What are the chances of my children getting chickenpox after being exposed, and they have all had the vaccine?
Yes: The present vaccine is derived from the oki strain developed in japan in the 1970's & in limited use in the us until ~1995. It is effective in children, teens or adults. It is usually given first at a year of age as earlier doses are not as effective. A booster is given at 4-5 or per your physicians schedule. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chickenpox vaccine: Yes. The brands are varilrix/ okavax/ and mevac-vari . Best to take 2 does of the same brand but if that is not possible take a different brand. ...Read more