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Is It Dangerous For Senior To Be Around Chicken Pox
Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money.
However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never
I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
Yes: It is only dangerous if you have not had chicken pox in the past. If you have then, you are immune. Many people who did not have it as a child were actually exposed and are also immune. If you are exposed to chicken pox while pregnant and you did not have it as a child then your doctor should test your antibodies to see if you are immune. If you are not immune then you need a shot called vzig. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be serious: Individuals who are at high risk to develop severe chicken pox are: anyone on immunosuppressives, e.g., transplant recipients; pregnant women; newborns under 5 days old. They often develop severe complication such as respiratory failure associated with varicella pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Outcome variability: At it's peak, chickenpox was most common in preschool kids, with > 2 million cases/yr , 50 deaths & 10, 000 hospitalizations. With the adoption of the vaccine the kid problem has become less an issue & sporadic adult cases have gotten more attention. Adults are at higher risk of a fatal pneumonia for reasons that are unexplained.We see a similar increased morbidity with mumps in adulthood. ...Read more
I am 21 years now never had chicken pox if my son gets it would it be dangerous for me or not? What is the oldest u can get and still be safe?
No age limit!: If you have never had chickenpox you can get it at any age. You can get chickenpox from exposure to shingles also. Many adults who assume they have not had chickenpox are actually immune because they have had a mild case and not recognized it was chickenpox. You can have a blood test to see if you are immune or just get the vaccine.You should also get your son vaccinated once he is 12 months old. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adult chicken pox: Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Despite the fact that adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations (33 percent) compared to children. ...Read more
Uncomfortable!: Chicken pox is a condition that is usually more uncomfortable than serious. In the US it's pretty rare because of the widespread use of a vaccine. If you have confirmed CP then your goal is to stay as comfortable as possible and treat fever or itching with appropriate meds. If you develop high fever or large areas of redness see ur doctor as strep infections can occur as a complication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Maternal antibodies usually protect babies under 4 months, but if mom never had it baby can get the disease.It tends to be mild at that age and there are medications that the doc can prescribe that will decrease the intensity if started early. Infants with immune deficiencies can have a very worrisome case requiring hospital care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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