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Is Chickenpox Safe For Kids
??confusing question: Wild chicken pox in its hayday annually infected 2-4 million people/yr, usually kids, killed ~50 & led to 10thou hosps in the US. The present vaccine was first available in Japan & evaluated for 16 years before becoming adopted for general use in the US (delay primarily for cost/benefit issues).CP deaths are now quite rare.Negatives include poor protection for some & vaccine related chicken pox. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters). Infected kids are contagious from the day before until 6-7 days after they begin to break out. If all lesions are crusted & dry & the time frame is right, they are safe to be around. ...Read more
I finished chemo nearly 2 years ago. Is it safe for me to be near a child with chickenpox who has had it for 6days? (i had chickenpox when i was 5)
Difficult issue: If you had a bone marrow transplant and you did not take the vaccine afterward, you would be considered vulnerable. If not, there should be some residual immunity from your childhood, but this is hard to predict.You might want to wait another day or 2 until the kids beyond the contagious period to be sure. Your doc could do some blood tests to verify your present level of protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely to happen: There are rare cases that reflect poor immune response to the first or any varicella infection in a handful of people. There are also reports suggesting a kid with chickenpox as an infant <1yr, might get again later. In normal people, the illness confers lifelong immunity. Some who were labeled cpx in the past had a different blister producing illness that was mislabeled. ...Read more
What is the common age that a child catches chickenpox? My nephew is 13 and has not got them yet. Should we be concerned?
No: Most children have received a chicken pox vaccine by the time they are 15 months old, they now get a booster shot also. Did your nephew get his vaccinations? If so, it is unlikely he will ever get chicken pox. If he hasn't had his vaccination, i would contact his doctor to arrange for that shot! chicken pox can be a serious disease, causing pneumonia, and it can cause shingles when he is older. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have never had chickenpox and test showed no immunity, both my children had it when they were young so does that mean i will never get it ?
No.: Not at all. If testing shows that you have no antibodies to the virus, you could get chickenpox at any time in the future, if you are exposed to it. You could get the chickenpox vaccine; but a better idea, at your age, might be to get the shingles vaccine, which immunizes you against both chickenpox and shingles. (they are caused by the same virus.) ask your doctor about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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