Chickenpox

What is Chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a disease caused by infection with the varicella zoster virus, which causes fever and an itchy rash. The skin rash would be blister-like lesions, covering the body but usually more concentrated on the face, scalp, and trunk. Most, but not all, infected individuals have fever, which develops just before or when the rash appears.
Complications like bacterial infection of the skin, swelling of the brain, and pneumonia may occur with Chickenpox. Adolescents and adults are more at risk for severe disease.

How is Chickenpox transmitted?

It is spread by coughing and sneezing, by direct contact, and by aerosolization of virus from skin lesions.

Why should I take the Chickenpox vaccination?

Chickenpox can be prevented by vaccination. We recommend vaccination to anyone who is non-immune particularly those who are at risk for complications of Chickenpox.

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