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If one of my students contracted chicken pox, should I be concerned i've never been vaccinated?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes,but...

Since the vaccine has been routinely given starting in the 1990's, the number of people who have immunity because of previous unknown infection has seriously decreased.
Thus it depends upon your age. If your were born prior to introduction of the vaccine, you may be immune, but do not count on it. Best choice is to immunize for safe protection!

In brief: Yes,but...

Since the vaccine has been routinely given starting in the 1990's, the number of people who have immunity because of previous unknown infection has seriously decreased.
Thus it depends upon your age. If your were born prior to introduction of the vaccine, you may be immune, but do not count on it. Best choice is to immunize for safe protection!
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
You can also request a blood test for antibody levels. If positive you had chickenpox at some point and have no worries. Many adults do not remember having chickenpox but did get a subclinical case resulting in immunity. If you get the vaccine it needs to be within 4 days of exposure.
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Most of us have immunity from chicken pox because we had it as a child.
If you have not had it as a child or cannot remember, your doctor can check a blood test to find out if you have already developed immunity. If you have not, and are not pregnant, you can get vaccinated. Chicken pox as an adult can be deadly and while pregnant can be devastating for the baby.

In brief: Maybe

Most of us have immunity from chicken pox because we had it as a child.
If you have not had it as a child or cannot remember, your doctor can check a blood test to find out if you have already developed immunity. If you have not, and are not pregnant, you can get vaccinated. Chicken pox as an adult can be deadly and while pregnant can be devastating for the baby.
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