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Doctor insights on: Getting Chicken Pox As An Adult

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Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Adult chicken pox: Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Despite the fact that adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations (33 percent) compared to children. ...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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Have you received the chicken pox vaccine as an adult?

Have you received the chicken pox vaccine as an adult?

Yes: Chickenpox can be a rather nasty experience for an adult, producing a sometimes fatal varicella pneumonia. Those with no evidence of previous varicella by blood test or personal history should consider vaccination. ...Read more

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Can you receive the chicken pox vaccine as an adult?

Can you receive the chicken pox vaccine as an adult?

Yes you can: All people over the age of 13 who have not had chicken pox and have not received the vaccine should get two doses of Varicella Vaccine a month apart to get the desired immunity ...Read more

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Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Yes: Anyone can get chicken pox if they have never had it before and were not vaccinated against it. Also, immunosuppressed people may get it anyway. Theoretically it is possible to be infected by someone with shingles (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below : Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. ...Read more

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Is it better for children to get chicken pox than the chicken pox vaccine?

No: Although most people who get chickenpox get a mild illness, 1% of those infected are hospitalized and 1% of those (or 1 in 10, 000) die of complications. Much safer to get the vaccine and not have that risk (and not miss school or work or daycare). ...Read more

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I was not vaccinated with the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine. Is it more dangerous to catch chicken pox as an adult?

I was not vaccinated with the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine.  Is it more dangerous to catch chicken pox as an adult?

Very much so: The last 2 chickenpox deaths in my town included a newborn and a 22 yo otherwise normal adult. You may have had the cpx but never known (90%+ of adults) & you could have a blood test done to see, but the vaccine would be quicker & a cheep insurance against a bad disease. ...Read more

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Can a vaccinated child be a chicken pox "carrier" and give it to an unvaccinated child or adult?

Can a vaccinated child be a chicken pox "carrier" and give it to an unvaccinated child or adult?

No: Even though the vaccine is a live virus you cannot spread it to others. However people immune suppressed may be ate some risk to getting the disease. ...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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Should I get varivax ( chicken pox) vaccine if i'm already an adult?

Should I get varivax ( chicken pox) vaccine if i'm already an adult?

See below: You can either get the vaccine, or have titers drawn to see if you have had chicken pox. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm curious, when a child gets the chicken pox vacine, are they contageous with the chicken pox?

Not really: There are a few kids that receive this vaccine that will breakout with blisters, however this is not the wild chickenpox. Most have fewer than 50 lesions (cpx average is 200) and they can spread the virus, but it is the weakened vaccine virus that they have and can pass. This would give kids that picked it up a chance to have the vaccine protection without a shot. ...Read more

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Can your child still get the chicken pox after a vaccination, by being exposed to another child with chicken pox?

Can your child still get the chicken pox after a vaccination, by being exposed to another child with chicken pox?

Possible but rare: After one dose of chickenpox vaccine, most children will have enough immunity that they won't get chickenpox even if they are exposed. After two doses, at least 95% of kids have good immunity against the disease. So, there is a slight chance for some kids to get chickenpox even with vaccination. In those cases, the disease is usually pretty mild. ...Read more

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Could somebody be sterile from having the chicken pox as an adult?

Not likely: Chickenpox can cause temporary infertility from fever that decreases sperm count. This usually resolves within 90 days. It rarely causes orchitis or testicular inflammation. That is more commonly attributed to mumps so no...Not likely sterility results from chickenpox.. ...Read more

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Does having measles as a child protect you as an adult?

Does having measles as a child protect you as an adult?

Yes: Immunity from measles following natural infection is considered life-long, barring any underlying immune disorder. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, although uncommon. Your doctor should be able to send a blood test to check your antibody titers against measles to help you determine if you are still at risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone with opthamalic shingles transfer chicken pox to a vaccinated child?

Is it possible for someone with opthamalic shingles transfer chicken pox to a vaccinated child?

Unlikely to happen: There are a few vaccinated kids who remain less than fully protected, especially if they have not completed the two shot series. However, shingles is not as contagious as the wild chickenpox, it has no airborne phase. To be exposed the child would have to have direct contact with the material from the caretakers wounds. Simple hygienic care/handwashing/etc will avoid passing it on. ...Read more

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Can I get the varicella vaccine as an adult?

Can I get the varicella vaccine as an adult?

Yes if you had no ch: Only if you have not had chicken pox as a child.It is still safe even if you have had chicken pox.But you can have a blood test to determine immunity, as it will show proper amount of igg antibody against varicella and than you dont need varicella vaccine as you are immune to varicella. ...Read more

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Can chicken pox scar a child's developing teeth?

Can chicken pox scar a child's developing teeth?

Developing teeth: There are many things that can affect developing teeth. Physical trauma such as falling, may damage a still-soft developing enamel layer through movement of baby teeth above. Too much Fluoride also may affect developing enamel appearance. High fever also has a similar effect. So you may see some defect/scar on your child's teeth later if s/he had a high fever from chicken pox. ...Read more