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How long has the chickenpox vaccine been around for?

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

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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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 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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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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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?

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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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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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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Could there be a chickenpox vaccine for adults in the philippines?

Could there be a chickenpox vaccine for adults in the philippines?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

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. ...Read more

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What could happen if I already had the chickenpox but forgot, and then got a chickenpox vaccine anyway?

Nothing.: The antibodies in your blood would neutralize the virus in the vaccine, with maybe a small (beneficial) bump up in the antibody levels. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

What is the treatment for reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

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. ...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 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. ...Read more

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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

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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

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. ...Read more

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Any warning signs for allergic reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

Any warning signs for allergic reaction to chickenpox vaccine?

See below:: Becoming infected with chickenpox is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect you. Like any medicine, the vaccine can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low. Signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor to discuss this more if needed. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to chickenpox vaccine possible?

Allergic reaction to chickenpox vaccine possible?

Yes, it's mild: A eaction to chickenpox vaccine would occur about 5 days after the shot. The patient may get a little chicknpox-like rash around the site of the shot. It is not common, and not serious. The disease if your child is not vaccinate would cause much more uncomfortable symptoms than the possible side effects of the vaccine.
So give your child the chickenpox vaccine! ...Read more

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Allergic reaction possible to chickenpox vaccine?

Allergic reaction possible to chickenpox vaccine?

Yes: All vaccines have adverse reaction profiles much like medication we are taking or prescribed. The extent of severity is quantified and compared to a control or non treatment group. Reactions can be local and mild versus more systemic/body related. The varicella vaccine (aka chickenpox) is very safe. Allergies to egg whites-albumin is a contraindication to this shot (like mmr). ...Read more

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My mother got shingles but I have the chickenpox vaccine, should I still be concerned?

My mother got shingles but I have the chickenpox vaccine, should I still be concerned?

Probably not: Shingles does involve the chickenpox virus but is not as contagious. Only the debris from the sores contain any infectious particles, so simply avoiding this debris & practicing good hand washing would limit risk. You are listed at an age where you may have only received one dose of the vaccine which protects at least 85% of people. They later gave 2 doses at least a month apart, covering 95%. ...Read more

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I am considering getting the chickenpox vaccine. Is there a difference between it and the shingles vaccine?

I am considering getting the chickenpox vaccine. Is there a difference between it and the shingles vaccine?

Yes: They use the same antigenic material to stimulate the immune system, but the shingles vaccine has a much higher amount due to the body's requirements. ...Read more

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My (almost) 5 year old son had the chickenpox vaccine when he was 1. Is one dose enough? Is he at risk when near a person with shingles?

Can't be sure/no: They estimate 85% success with 1 but having a 2nd dose no sooner than a month from the first brings that up to >95% protection. Only the actual drainage/debris from zoster sores have germs in it, so being in a persons vicinity does not place them at any risk, even if never vaccinated. ...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?

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

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