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Doctor insights on: Chickenpox Vaccine

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Can doctors tell me what does the chickenpox vaccine do if you already had the chickenpox?

Can doctors tell me what does the chickenpox vaccine do if you already had the chickenpox?

Boost your antibods: If you did have a case in the past the vaccine would just boost the antibodies you already have. ...Read more

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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Treating Chickenpox (Checklist)

Apply cool moist towel to itchy areas as needed
hourly, while awake
Keep fingernails short
once
Avoid scratching by covering hands with mittens or socks
once
Use calamine lotion where needed for itching
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Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Absolutely: The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort. It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts. ...Read more

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14month old exposed to chickenpox at creche.No chickenpox vaccine.Is this dangerous?No sign of being sick yet.What symptoms should I watch out for?

Chickenpox: The incubation time for chickenpox is 14-21 days from exposure, so you may not have seen symptoms yet if that time has not passed. Usually the child starts out with a very low grade fever and is slightly fussy, then within the next 24 hours develops the classic chickenpox rash. The rash starts out as tiny red spots that quickly enlarge over about 1 day, then develop vesicles and finally scab over. ...Read more

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How long is the chickenpox vaccine effective for if you got it at age 5y?

How long is the chickenpox vaccine effective for if you got it at age 5y?

Life long: We now recommend a booster so that you should receive 2 doses to provide lifelong immunity. After one dose many people were still getting chicken pox infection, albeit mild. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

What are the symptoms of a reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

See below:: Most common side effects include: •injection site reactions (such as redness, pain, or swelling) -- in up to 32.5 percent of people •fever -- up to 14.7 percent •a chickenpox-like rash -- up to 5.5 percent. Most people tolerate the vaccine quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your doctor. ...Read more

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When is the chickenpox vaccine given?

When is the chickenpox vaccine given?

Childhood: In children that have not had the vaccine or chicken pox should get vaccine: first dose 12-15 mos second dose 4-6 yrs. If no vaccine or chicken pox by age 13 yrs. First dose followed by second dose 28 days later. ...Read more

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Question about chickenpox vaccine. Is there a 3rd vacc needed in middle adult ages?

Question about chickenpox vaccine. Is there a 3rd vacc needed in middle adult ages?

Chickenpox vaccine: It used to be one vaccine, but now they added a second one. It would be a good idea to ask the doctor to do whats called a titer, all they need to do is get a small tube of blood from you from the lab and that is to see if your body has made it's own antibodies so that you will not get the chicken pox. If your counts come back low, then you will need a second vaccine to be fully immunized. ...Read more

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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