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I'm 58, do I really need to get the chicken pox vaccine if i'm just below positive in immunity?

I'm 58, do I really need to get the chicken pox vaccine if i'm just below positive in immunity?

Maybe shingles vacc.: Older adults can get the shingles vaccine. Shingles is a recurrence of one's chicken pox virus (that has lived in the nerves for years since one caught chicken pox). Shingles affects one section of the body, and can leave significant permanent pain. People who develop shingles usually wish they had prevented it with the vaccine. Primary care doctors have the vaccine, but it is not 100% protective. ...Read more

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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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If I get the chicken pox vaccine at 58 yrs old what are the chances i'll develop shingles?

If I get the chicken pox vaccine at 58 yrs old what are the chances i'll develop shingles?

Not possible to know: Presuming no past chicken pox illness, a 58 year-old person getting the standard ch.Pox vaccines gets some protection against ch.Pox (some people still catch ch.Pox even after the vaccines). He has to catch ch.Pox first, and then the virus can come back out as shingles months to years later. The shingles vaccine has 14 times the antigens in the ch.Pox vaccine, but is also not fully protective. ...Read more

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Do i need to get a chicken pox vaccine?

Do i need to get a chicken pox vaccine?

Depends: I'm assuming your not asking for yourself (a 26yo in the school and college system is required to have boosters on certain vaccinations). Otherwise blood serum can be checked for protective levels of varicella antibodies. If low..then boostering can be ordered. Secondly..is it needed? Is the person immunocompromised, very elderly etc. ...Read more

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Does everyone need to get chicken pox vaccine?

Does everyone need to get chicken pox vaccine?

Depends: U need the shot unless you are sure you had CP as a child..Some who had it before 1yr of age or who have immune problems may have minimal protection & need a shot. As you age, natural immunity may wain enough that your previous infection comes out of hibernation as shingles. A high potency shingles vaccine can boost immunity for this group. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get a chicken pox vaccine?

Wanted to know where can I get a chicken pox vaccine?

Call your PCP: The average primary care doctor or clinic has access to the vaccine. Some will stock it while others do not.A simple call to the clinic could see if they keep it on hand or could order it for you.Many states operate public health clinics where vaccines are available, so your local health authority may be able to find it for you. ...Read more

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Could i get chicken pox even if I have had the vaccine?

A few do: The efficiency of a single dose of vaccine is about 85% while a second dose brings that up to 95% or so. Those that do get wild chickenpox after having at least one dose avoid the most severe complications. If you are susceptible, the incubation period remains 10-21 days after exposure. ...Read more

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Can you get chicken poxs from the chicken pox vaccine ?

Can you get chicken poxs from the chicken pox vaccine ?

Shot reaction: A percentage of the vaccine recipients may breakout with atypical chickenpox, which is not the same as wild disease. Since the virus involved has been weakened in the lab, these kids have fewer spots and none of the dreaded complications of the wild disease. They could pass the weakened virus to others, but it would only be a free exposure varicella vaccine & unlikely to cause a clinical outbreak. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get chicken pox after the vaccine?

Is it still possible to get chicken pox after the vaccine?

Possibly: Studies show about 85% get lifelong protection with a single dose and &> 95% with two doses. We usually give a dose at 1 yr and another at 5.The initial dose has been shown to eliminate the serious complications occasionally seen with cpx, but may permit a milder case in some kids. ...Read more

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How often can a child get actual chicken pox from the vaccine?

How often can a child get actual chicken pox from the vaccine?

Not likely: A rash can also occur on parts of the body other than the area of the shot. There are usually fewer than 10 blisters that are a consequence of varicella vaccine, and children with these blisters are not contagious to other people and not likely to get the actual disease because the injected chicken pox is a weaker slower multiplying strain that causes immunity from the body against it. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and I never got the chicken pox or the vaccine, should I get the vaccine?

I'm 22 and I never got the chicken pox or the vaccine, should I get the vaccine?

Maybe: Blood studies show about 90% of adults who do not recall having chickenpox or the vaccine have antibodies that show they did. Your doc could order such a test to see if you have protective antibodies. However, it may be simpler to just get the vaccine, since CPX is so hard on adults. It wouldn't hurt to get the vaccine even if you had CPX. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a child get chicken pox even if they have had the vaccine?

Would it be possible that a child get chicken pox even if they have had the vaccine?

Rarely: It is uncommon, but is possible. Usually if the child does get chicken pox after being vaccinated, it is very mild and they recover faster. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get chicken pox vaccine asap even though someone in my house just got it 3 days ago?

Do you think I should get chicken pox vaccine asap even though someone in my house just got it 3 days ago?

It depends: If you had c pox as a child you dont need it but you will need the shingles vaccine at 55y. If you never had c pox you can get it. You are not going to get c pox from the person who got the vaccine unless he or she is the unusual one who will have a mild c pox due to vaccine. ...Read more

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I had the chicken pox vaccine when i was younger and want to know how often you are supposed to get it to avoid chicken pox?

I had the chicken pox vaccine when i was younger and want to know how often you are supposed to get it to avoid chicken pox?

Two doses: The vaccine was initially promoted as a single dose after a year of age & 2 doses for teens. Today the standard is at least 2 doses given no less than 28 days apart , but these are given at 1 & 4 to kids. These two doses give most recipients a lifetime immunity.A blood test is available to document protective immunity. ...Read more

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How long does the chicken pox vaccine last? My son is 2 and got it last year, just wondering if he can still get them? I had them at 5

About 4 years: Then a booster shot at age 4 will give lifelong protection. The shot only takes away about 80% of the chance of getting the disease, however, but it takes away all chance of dying from the disease - disease after the shot is quite mild. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a vaccine for chicken pox?

Yes: The present Cpx vaccine was first developed in Japan & used there for years (~16) before it was licensed here for general use.Stringent safety requirements of the FDA were met early on but a favorable cost/benefit was not worked out until later.Before the vaccine, Cpx deaths ~50/yr and hospitalizations 10K/yr, now both are rare. A few patients get a mild rash with blisters after the shot. ...Read more

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

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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How come people with chicken pox can get shingles but normal people can't, and does that mean it could be bad to get vaccines?

How come people with chicken pox can get shingles but normal people can't, and does that mean it could be bad to get vaccines?

So shingles is: actually a reinfection of chickenpox. Which means if you didn't contract the chicken pox virus, then you won't have the virus in your body to attack and lead to shingles. If you have never had the chicken pox virus you can get the vaccine to prevent it. If you had the ckicken pox, then you can get the shingles vaccine which reduces (not eliminates) your risk of getting shingles. Hope that helps ...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


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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