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What is inside a vaccines for chickenpox?

What is inside a vaccines for chickenpox?

Vaccine: Vaccines are composed of part of a virus that causes the disease. This is a live attenuated vaccine and is composed of live virus that is changed so it cannot cause chicken pox. Other vaccines have dead virus in them but work the same way by exposing your body to small amounts of the virus in a controlled way so you are less likely to get the actual disease. ...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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Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Smallpox&varicella : Small popx and varicella viruses are different and one cannot cause the other. ...Read more

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I had a vaccine for chickenpox when i was about 8 years old.Is a booster doze necessary?

I had a vaccine for chickenpox when i was about 8 years old.Is a booster doze necessary?

Yes: If one has never had chicken pox, the recommendation is for 2 shots, meaning a booster should be given after having the first shot. Alternatively, one can do a blood test to check for immunity, especially if one has to do a blood test in order to qualify for a job anyway, such as working in a hospital. A primary care doctor can help explain details and other special circumstances. ...Read more

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Is there a chickenpox vaccine?

Is there a chickenpox vaccine?

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

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Could there be a chickenpox vaccine for adults in the philippines?

Chickenpox vaccine: 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

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Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

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

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When is the chickenpox vaccine given?

When is the chickenpox vaccine given?

Childhood: In children that have not had the vaccine or chicken pox should get vaccine: first dose 12-15 mos second dose 4-6 yrs. If no vaccine or chicken pox by age 13 yrs. First dose followed by second dose 28 days later. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get the chickenpox vaccine?

Hard to say: You gave no relevant information upon which to base a recommendation. Most adults have had the wild chickenpox and may not remember it. If you did, having the vaccine would not hurt you but it may prevent the disease if exposed. Chickenpox can be very rough on adults. ...Read more

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I would like a chickenpox vaccine, where to get it?

I would like a chickenpox vaccine, where to get it?

Several Places: Your doctor, an immunizing pharmacist, or the county health department. ...Read more

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