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Medicine For Reaction To Chickenpox Vaccine
Most common side effects include:
•injection site reactions (such as redness, pain, or swelling) -- in up to 32.5 percent of people
•fever -- up to 14.7 percent
•a chickenpox-like rash -- up to 5.5 percent.
Most people tolerate the vaccine quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your doctor. ...Read more
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
Reaction to cpox vac: Cine can refer to two types of reaction: The frist would be an allergic or irritant reaction to the vaccine solution, and this could be redness at the site, bleeding, or even a generalized reaction like hives. More commonly, since the vaccine is an attenuated but live virus, a fever and illness resembling a mild chicken pox infection could occur 10-21 days after the vaccine was received. ...Read more
It depends on the reaction. The most common reaction to varicella vaccine is fever a week or two after the vaccination. A mild chickenpox rash can also occur. These are all normal and not a cause for alarm. Treat with Ibuprofen if needed for a couple of days.
If it's a more serious reaction, call your doctor. ...Read more
See below:: Becoming infected with chickenpox is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect you. Like any medicine, the vaccine can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low. Signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor to discuss this more if needed. ...Read more
Yes, it's mild:
A eaction to chickenpox vaccine would occur about 5 days after the shot. The patient may get a little chicknpox-like rash around the site of the shot. It is not common, and not serious. The disease if your child is not vaccinate would cause much more uncomfortable symptoms than the possible side effects of the vaccine.
So give your child the chickenpox vaccine! ...Read more
Yes: All vaccines have adverse reaction profiles much like medication we are taking or prescribed. The extent of severity is quantified and compared to a control or non treatment group. Reactions can be local and mild versus more systemic/body related. The varicella vaccine (aka chickenpox) is very safe. Allergies to egg whites-albumin is a contraindication to this shot (like mmr). ...Read more
Yes: The present vaccine is derived from the oki strain developed in japan in the 1970's & in limited use in the us until ~1995. It is effective in children, teens or adults. It is usually given first at a year of age as earlier doses are not as effective. A booster is given at 4-5 or per your physicians schedule. ...Read more
Absolutely: The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort. It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts. ...Read more
Since: 1995 in the us, and 1988 in japan. ...Read more
Several Places: Your doctor, an immunizing pharmacist, or the county health department. ...Read more
20 Years or more: Since experince with this vaccine in japan for twenty years and in us for 15 years, have shown that immunity lasts gor 20 or more years, how long only experience will tell. ...Read more
1995: It became available in the usa that year but was licensed in japan and korea 7 years before. ...Read more
It happens: When we first started giving the vaccine, one dose at or after a year of age was standard. Data showed that at least 85% developed long term protection. Eventually we began giving 2 doses at 1 and 4-5 years or which brought the long term protection up around 95%. Your doc can run a blood test to see if you have a protective level, but yes, the vaccine doesn't protect everyone. ...Read more
Yes. The brands are varilrix/ okavax/ and mevac-vari.
Best to take 2 does of the same brand but if that is not possible take a different brand. ...Read more
What could happen if I already had the chickenpox but forgot, and then got a chickenpox vaccine anyway?
Life long: We now recommend a booster so that you should receive 2 doses to provide lifelong immunity. After one dose many people were still getting chicken pox infection, albeit mild. ...Read more
Chickenpox vaccine: It used to be one vaccine, but now they added a second one. It would be a good idea to ask the doctor to do what's called a titer, all they need to do is get a small tube of blood from you from the lab and that is to see if your body has made it's own antibodies so that you will not get the chicken pox. If your counts come back low, then you will need a second vaccine to be fully immunized. ...Read more
Boost your antibods: If you did have a case in the past the vaccine would just boost the antibodies you already have. ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox. ...Read more
There shouldn't be: You probably are referring to the scar from smallpox vaccine. ...Read more
See below: 4 weeks for patients 13 years and older. ...Read more
Probably not: Shingles does involve the chickenpox virus but is not as contagious. Only the debris from the sores contain any infectious particles, so simply avoiding this debris & practicing good hand washing would limit risk. You are listed at an age where you may have only received one dose of the vaccine which protects at least 85% of people. They later gave 2 doses at least a month apart, covering 95%. ...Read more
I am considering getting the chickenpox vaccine. Is there a difference between it and the shingles vaccine?
Does the chickenpox vaccine contain sulpher? I have been told if you have a sulpher allergy you cannot have it?
Untrue: Sulphonamides are not used in the production of the vaccine. ...Read more
My (almost) 5 year old son had the chickenpox vaccine when he was 1. Is one dose enough? Is he at risk when near a person with shingles?
Can't be sure/no: They estimate 85% success with 1 but having a 2nd dose no sooner than a month from the first brings that up to >95% protection. Only the actual drainage/debris from zoster sores have germs in it, so being in a persons vicinity does not place them at any risk, even if never vaccinated. ...Read more
14month old exposed to chickenpox at creche. No chickenpox vaccine. Is this dangerous? No sign of being sick yet. What symptoms should I watch out for?
Chickenpox: The incubation time for chickenpox is 14-21 days from exposure, so you may not have seen symptoms yet if that time has not passed. Usually the child starts out with a very low grade fever and is slightly fussy, then within the next 24 hours develops the classic chickenpox rash. The rash starts out as tiny red spots that quickly enlarge over about 1 day, then develop vesicles and finally scab over. ...Read more
What to do if I have had the chickenpox vaccine as an adult, but a recent blood test says I have no antibodies to chickenpox?
Revaccination: Very unusual circumstanceGet a more detailed answer ›
Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more