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Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?

Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?

Highly doubtful.: Infants seldom if ever get chicken pox, because they are protected for the first year of their lives by antibodies received from the mother. That's why children are not given the chicken pox vaccine until age 1. If the mother never had chicken pox or the vaccine, and thus has no antibodies, the baby would be susceptible; but that's a very rare situation these days. ...Read more

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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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Infant immunity to chicken pox, can you tell me more?

Infant immunity to chicken pox, can you tell me more?

Confusing question: Infants born to mothers who had cpx before pregnancy will have some transient maternal immunity to cpx transferred via placenta. This is somewhat protective in the first 6 or more months. Research finds infants don't make consistent immunity to a cpx vaccine if given before a year. ...Read more

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Son had chicken pox vac 11 days ago. Wen to bbq party today, some infants there. Are they safe?

Son had chicken pox vac 11 days ago. Wen to bbq party today, some infants there.  Are they safe?

Yes: Once in a while, a child who got the chicken pox vaccine a few days ago can have some skin bumps containing the vaccine chicken pox virus (not the real chicken pox virus), and could pass the vaccine virus to a non-immune person, who in effect would be getting a "free vaccination" but should not get an actual case of chicken pox. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Unlikely to happen: The spread of cpx occurs through airborne droplets & direct contact with infectious material. The uninfected parent cannot spread the virus through their own cough but might if they carried recently obtained infected debris from the child on their hands. Simple washing or sanitizing removes this threat. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

No immunity - no-no: Unless all lesions are scabbed over, if one has an impaired immune system such as a pt with aids, transplant, pregnant, or autoimmune disease on significant immunosuppressive drugs, it's best to stay away from the baby with chickenpox. Otherwise, if you were immunized or had chicken pox in the past, then you are ok. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Depends: Any immune child or adult can sit close to a baby with chickenpox. You will not risk a repeat infection as you might with strep throat. However, a pregnant woman who never had chickenpox would be at risk of infection & transferring it to the unborn baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same daycare as a baby who has chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a very contagious from one day before to approximately one week after the illness. One is no longer contagious once all blisters have dried up and scabbed. However, you will not contract chickenpox again if you had the disease previously. ...Read more

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My husbands friend has a baby with chickenpox . I'm pregnant & my husband recently hung out with his friend but not the baby, can I still catch it?

No risk, no worries: Unless your parents skipped your childhood vaccinations, you probably were immunized against chickenpox and can't catch it again. Even if not, hust hanging out with the father of a child with chickenpox isn't a risk at all. You could only be infected if you personally had close contact with the infected baby. On top of all that, chickenpox isn't dangerous to pregnant women or their babies. ...Read more