Chickenpox : Varicella-Zoster Virus
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Chickenpox : Varicella-Zoster Virus

October 12, 2017 | Dr. Uzair Ghani

The chickenpox vaccine is a shot that can protect nearly anyone who receives the vaccine from catching chickenpox. It's also called the varicella vaccine, because chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The vaccine is made from a live but weakened, or attenuated, virus.

Why get vaccinated?

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

·         It causes 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.

·         Most people who get chickenpox vaccine will not get chickenpox. 

·         But if someone who has been vaccinated does get chickenpox, it is usually very mild. They will have fewer blisters, are less likely to have a fever, and will recover faster.

·         Even if you were vaccinated as a child, it is recommended for elderly population, as well.

 

·         Please consult your doctor for the safe vaccination and understand more about the advantages.

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