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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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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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How contagious is chicken pox?

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How contagious is chicken pox?

Chicken pox : It is highly contagious.

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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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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 children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Yes: Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact. Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood. http://patient.info/doctor/chickenpox-pro ...Read more

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Is chicken pox contagious ?

Is chicken pox contagious ?

Of course it is: Of course thru droplets, respiratory and contact. Immunization provides protection. It is safe when ther are no new lesions and all the old ones are scabbed over. ...Read more

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

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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How long is chicken pox contagious? 

How long is chicken pox contagious? 

Varies: Patients (usually children) are infectious to others for roughly 2 days before the blisters occur and then until the blisters have formed scabs covering them completely, about 4 to 5 days. ...Read more

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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 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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At what times is chicken pox contagious?

At what times is chicken pox contagious?

Prior to spots + 7: Unfortunately CP is often passed in oro-nasal secretions for 1-2 days before the first spots appear.(leading to frustration on finding source) debris from blisters can spread CP until the last blisters have dried. Some offer 1 day before until day 7 of the rash as the general period of infectivity. ...Read more

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Is it likely to catch chicken pox from some one with shingles?

Is it likely to catch chicken pox from some one with shingles?

Possbly: The shingles patient is not as contagious as regular chickenpox.Their sneezes, oral secretions, etc are not carrying the virus. However, the debris shed from the shingles blisters contain virus & any contact with that material could infect a non-immune person. Simple hygienic practices like hand washing, and covering the blisters reduces the chance of spread. ...Read more

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For how long is chicken pox contagious for?

14 to 21 days: Chicken pox is contagious even before the rash appears and remain contagious till the last blister has scabbed ...Read more

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How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

Worse: Usually adults would ill seriously. Another type of "chicken pox" in adults is called shingles(herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

No: Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters. ...Read more

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When is chicken pox not contagious anymore?

Chicken Pox: When all the sores have crusted over, chicken pox is no longer contagious. ...Read more

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