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Is there a chickenpox vaccine?

Is there a chickenpox 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 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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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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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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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

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I would like a chickenpox vaccine, where to get it?

I would like a chickenpox vaccine, where to get it?

Several Places: Your doctor, an immunizing pharmacist, or the county health department. ...Read more

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For how long will the chickenpox vaccine protect me?

20 Years or more: Since experince with this vaccine in japan for twenty years and in us for 15 years , have shown that immunity lasts gor 20 or more years, how long only experience will tell. ...Read more

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How long has the chickenpox vaccine been around for?

1995: It became available in the usa that year but was licensed in japan and korea 7 years before. ...Read more

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Is it possible my chickenpox vaccine may have failed me?

Is it possible my chickenpox vaccine may have failed me?

It happens: When we first started giving the vaccine, one dose at or after a year of age was standard. Data showed that at least 85% developed long term protection.Eventually we began giving 2 doses at 1 and 4-5 years or which brought the long term protection up around 95%. Your doc can run a blood test to see if you have a protective level, but yes, the vaccine doesn't protect everyone. ...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