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Doctor insights on: Varicella Zoster Immunization

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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...Read more

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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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

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

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Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?

Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?

Both: Varicella and zoster are the same virus. Chickenpox occurs with the first exposure to the virus and zoster is the re-activation of the virus that has been lying dormant in the body as a result of some significant stress to the body. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Can chicken pox from the vaccine (against chicken pox)?

Can chicken pox from the vaccine (against chicken pox)?

Yes and no: A small percentage of vaccine recipients can and do break out a week or more after varicella vaccination.This is not the wild chickenpox but a manifestation of the weakened vaccine virus. Most have fewer than a dozen lesions, compared with an average 200-250 with wild chickenpox. Such an event does provide longlasting protection from the wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Immunity to rubella means immune to chickenpox?

Immunity to rubella means immune to chickenpox?

No: These are two different germs and immunity to one does not mean immunity to the other. ...Read more

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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

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Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Confusing question: Some refer to an unusual pattern of blisters that may arise a week or so after the vaccine, or a vaccinated pt with an unusual outbreak months or years later as atypical. The name is not very specific but the condition is contagious.If it is the vaccine virus with a skin outbreak a week or so later, the vaccine virus could be spread. If it was a wild cpx outbreak the wild virus rules apply. ...Read more

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Who created the measles and rubella vaccine?

Measles vaccine was : Measle vaccine was invented in 1953 by john franklin enders, and jonas buttococking invented rubella vaccine in 1960s. ...Read more

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Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more

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Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Vaccine rash: There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since the weakened virus does not have the same potency.The blisters of wild cpx often average about 200 while with the vaccine rash often has less than 15.Protection from future cpx is assured. ...Read more

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Hib vaccine doses?

Hib vaccine doses?

2,4,6 and 15 month: Hib is given as either a 3 or 4 dose series depending on which manufacturer. If the Merck product is used only 3 doses are required. If any doses are given from Sanofi, than 4 doses are required regardless if any Merck product was used. ...Read more

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Varicella vaccination side effect?

Varicella vaccination side effect?

See below: Getting chickenpox vaccine is much safer than getting chickenpox disease, but side effects can include soreness or swelling at the site of the shot, fever, mild rash, or in rare cases seizures or pneumonia. A good resource for prevention recommendations and information, including links to detailed vaccine information, is an iphone/ipod/ipad app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more