Chickenpox Vericella Zoster Virus
About Chickenpox An illness due to the varicella zoster virus. Appears to be a skin rash that is spread all over the body. Very prevalent throughout children between the ages of 4-12. Commonly occurs in the winter/ spring time More severe in adults and young infants. Tends to occur in areas with warmer temperatures.
Symptoms Red, itchy rash that looks like blisters Fever (100-102 F) Abdominal Pain Sore Throat Virus is contagious two days before the actual rash appears It is an airborne disease can be spread by coming in direct contact with the actual rash. One will develop chickenpox 10-21 days after contact with the infected person.
Treatment Infected are asked to stay home, rest, cut their nails, and depending on the severity of the rash, wear gloves to prevent further infections. No antibiotics are given as it is a virus, the body’s immune system itself clears out the virus. Anti itch creams staying in cooler temperatures will help with the rash
Vaccination Varicella vaccine A weakened version of the virus that is suppose familiarize the body’s immune system to the actual virus Children 13 and under who have not had the virus should get the vaccine. First dose is at between the ages of 12-15 months and the second does is between the ages of 4 and 6. virus
Vaccination Everyone above the age of 13 who has not had the virus should get the vaccine, both does 48 weeks apart. Side affects to the vaccination Redness, stiffness, and soreness of injection site Small rashes