Chickenpox (Varicella)

What is Chickenpox (Varicella)?

Chickenpox, also called Varicella, is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in infants and adults.

Chickenpox can cause a rash, itching, fever, and tiredness. It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death. The chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person through the air, or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.  A person who has had chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later.

Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccination

Chickenpox vaccine can prevent chickenpox. Most people who receive a chickenpox vaccine will not be infected with chickenpox. But if someone who has been vaccinated does get chickenpox, it is usually a very mild event. They will have fewer blisters, are less likely to have a fever, and will recover much faster than without the chickenpox vaccine. Before the vaccine, about 11,000 people were hospitalized for chickenpox each year in the United States. Before the vaccine, about 100 people died each year as a result of chickenpox in the United States.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, and never had chickenpox, should receive one or two doses of chickenpox vaccine. The timing of these doses depends on the person’s age. A Chickenpox vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. At International Travel Care, we have the ability to be up to date on diseases that are on high alert in other countries. If you have not had Chickenpox, or a chickenpox vaccine, International Travel Care’s Travel medical specialist will make vaccination recommendations according to your health history and country of destination.  (Resource CDC VIS 03/13/08)

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