How did my child catch chicken pox?

Chickenpox. Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. The virus is passed through oral and nasal secretions and close contact of unprotected individuals. If your child is immunized and becomes ill with chickenpox chances are the disease will be very mild. The better immunization rates with our children create protection for all our kids. Currently the vaccine is given at ages 1 and 4 years.
Virus alert. Chickenpox is caused by a virus, just like colds and many childhood illnesses. You "catch" these illnesses by being exposed to the virus. Most commonly it is from someone else who has the virus - another child with chickenpox, or even an adult with shingles. The virus can live on surfaces, though, so you can touch an "infected item", such as a shopping cart touched by someone who had the virus.

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What's the probability that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox?

Varies . If the community has a good vaccination rate the chance of exposure is minimized. The vaccination is generally given first at 1 yr or later because earlier administration is not as dependable for providing long term protection. Avoiding unvaccinated kids or exposure to adults with shingles can help decrease risk of the disease.By the time a kid has spots, they have already been contagious > 24hrs. Read more...

What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

Less than 5%... ...According to the cdc, because most american children are now vaccinated against the disease. Most cases these days are in children age 4 or younger, either because they haven't been vaccinated (the first shot is usually given at age 1), or because they are in the small group (3%) who are vaccinated and get chickenpox anyway. Read more...

Husband had shingles as child can he catch chicken pox?

No. Shingles is a return of the chickenpox virus to an active state after hibernation in a nerve root.I have seen it occur in toddlers. It is a sign he had chickenpox at some time before his shingles.He is immunne from catching wild chickenpox, as any weakness in his cpx immunity was repaired by the shingles eruption. Read more...

Please educate ppl on the fact that everyone who've had chicken pox as a child already have the shingles virus. They can't catch shingles! Thank you?

Can't catch Shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. If you have never ever had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination you can catch chicken pox by direct contact of a shingles lesion. You can not catch shingles. Read more...
Shingles supression. That most have had chickenpox & by default the shingles virus is widely known. However, some don't understand that the hibernating virus is kept in hibernation by circulating antibodies & over time these can decline in number. The zoster vaccine is recommended for the older set to rebuild these antibodies & contains a much greater concentration of the weakened chickenpox antigen than the kid shot. Read more...

Will a 6weeks old baby catch chicken pox and how dangerous is it?

Depends. If the infant's mom has had chickenpox or has been immunized, the infant should be protected by her antibodies. Read more...
Variable. Maternal antibodies usually protect babies under 4 months, but if mom never had it baby can get the disease.It tends to be mild at that age and there are medications that the doc can prescribe that will decrease the intensity if started early. Infants with immune deficiencies can have a very worrisome case requiring hospital care. Read more...

How likely is it for a 9 month old baby to catch chicken pox?

It's possible... ...But not particularly likely. These days, most people have been vaccinated against it, or had it as children. But if your baby was exposed to someone who had it, he/she can get it. That said, many rashes look like chickenpox to non-experts -- so don't jump to any conclusions. Let your pediatrician or a dermatologist look at the rash to see if it's that or something else. Read more...
Only if exposed. Since the onset of the chicken pox vaccine we see much less chickenpox in general. It is therefore less likely for your 9 month old to get it, but if exposed to someone who does have chickenpox it is likely your baby will too. Read more...

If my baby gets the live chicken pox vaccine, does that mean I could catch it from him? I've had them twice; appear to have no immunity to them.

Unlikely to happen. Many adults think they have had cpx more than once, as there was once as many as 2 million cases/yr in the us and many were never seen by drs.Other blister producing illnesses could be confused with it. Even so, the vaccine given to your child would not expose you to wild cpx.If the shot produced a rash (<5%), the exposure would be to the weak vaccine virus and unlikely to cause you trouble. Read more...