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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


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