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Measels And Chickenpox Simeltanouesly
Shots? Infection?: I hope that you are writing about getting both the varicella (chicken pox) and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) injections at the same time, which is certainly ok. These two shots are given either the same day, or otherwise, at least one month apart. They are both live vaccines by the way. If you have both infections as the same time, that would be quite unusual. Most have gotten the shots already. ...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
Degree: The regular wild chickenpox will give a kid 50-250 spots along with fever and itching that can be tiring. Some patients will develop secondary skin infections like the flesh eating bacteria. Some adults can develop a severe chickenpox pneumonia and die. The idea of mild or severe is relative and usually defined by the person talking about it. ...Read more
No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Provided your nieces and nephews had the 2 injections of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), they should have complete protection from all three diseases. Likewise, if you had the same 2 injections or had the measles disease, you will provide the same protection to your baby. This is the joy of having had vaccinations - complete peace of mind. ...Read more
Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if I'm vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?
No: Your vaccination does not set you up to pass any of the 3 illnesses to anyone else. ...Read more
Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if i don't have my immunization card?
Separate issues: There are lab tests available for each of the four agents you listed. Contact your pcp to see if they can be drawn at their office or at a separate lab site. ...Read more
Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...Read more
Strength/target: The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has the amount of weakened virus needed to trigger protective levels of antibodies in kids over 1 yr.It is often used for older kids and young adults, all receiving a 2 dose series. The shingles vaccine is made from the same weakened virus but contains a much stronger dose, as is necessary to provide protection for its target group of people > 50. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
UNLIKELY: Shingles is a reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus living in someone who had chickenpox at a younger age. The trigger for shingles is usually not exposure the virus itself but a stress (e.g. Physical, emotional, etc..) which causes a suppressed immune system allowing the zoster virus to attack nerve(s). Shingles is more common in older people due to waning immunity/antibody levels. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
More than 30 years: The CP vaccine we use today was developed in japan in the late 70's & reviewed by our fda for ~ 16 years before they decided the cost of general use offset the cost of deaths/hospital care & work loss in the us. It had been available for limited use thru the cdc for cancer patients during its review.It was approved in 1995 & adoped by may states thereafter. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your child has had the first round of the chicken pox vaccine, can he still get chicken pox before his second vaccine?
If my boyfriend has molluscum and i had the chicken pox vaccination, can I still contract the virus?
Yes: Yes they're different viruses.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not recommended: Neither of them are recommended because of possible harmful effect to the developing fetus, although not well documented. ...Read more