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How Long Has The Chickenpox Vaccine Been Around
1995: It became available in the usa that year but was licensed in japan and korea 7 years before.
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
Since: 1995 in the us, and 1988 in japan.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: 4 weeks for patients 13 years and older.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
Several Places: Your doctor, an immunizing pharmacist, or the county health department.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
Reaction to cpox vac: Cine can refer to two types of reaction: The frist would be an allergic or irritant reaction to the vaccine solution, and this could be redness at the site, bleeding, or even a generalized reaction like hives. More commonly, since the vaccine is an attenuated but live virus, a fever and illness resembling a mild chicken pox infection could occur 10-21 days after the vaccine was received.
What could happen if I already had the chickenpox but forgot, and then got a chickenpox vaccine anyway?
Probably ibuprofen: It depends on the reaction. The most common reaction to varicella vaccine is fever a week or two after the vaccination. A mild chickenpox rash can also occur. These are all normal and not a cause for alarm. Treat with Ibuprofen if needed for a couple of days. If it's a more serious reaction, call your doctor.
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 what's 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Boost your antibods: If you did have a case in the past the vaccine would just boost the antibodies you already have.
Maybe, maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox.
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
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