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Vaccine: Vaccines are composed of part of a virus that causes the disease. This is a live attenuated vaccine and is composed of live virus that is changed so it cannot cause chicken pox. Other vaccines have dead virus in them but work the same way by exposing your body to small amounts of the virus in a controlled way so you are less likely to get the actual disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
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
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
What are the chances of my children getting chickenpox after being exposed, and they have all had the vaccine?
What could happen if I already had the chickenpox but forgot, and then got a chickenpox vaccine anyway?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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