Chickenpox

Chickenpox, also known as Varicella, is a highly infectious viral disease to people who haven’t had the disease or been vaccinated against it. Most children in the UK have the disease before the age of 10. After a Chickenpox infection the virus stays dormant in the body and may reactivate at a later date, causing Shingles.

The main symptoms include:

  • Fever and Tiredness
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Pain in joints and muscles
  • High temperature
  • Decrease or loss of appetite
  • Fever and Tiredness
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Pain in joints and muscles
  • High temperature
  • Decrease or loss of appetite
1. Who gets it?

Mostly affects children
Adults are at risk too
Unusual to have Chickenpox more than once.

2. How do you catch it? It’s easy to catch it…

Contact with the fluid from the blisters, or droplets spread through coughing and sneezing.

3. Vaccination options

The Chickenpox vaccine is a safe, effective way to prevent Chickenpox and its possible complications. The vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies that will help protect against Chickenpox.

Number of doses? 2, usually given 4-8 weeks apart.
Booster doses? Once you have completed the two-dose course, you won’t need further booster doses.
Age restrictions? Suitable for patients from the age of one up to the age of 65. It is only recommended if you have not had Chickenpox.

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