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Father gets chickenpox, but doesn't infect his two children. How is this possible?

My brother in law got chickenpox, yet somehow he didn't infect my two nephews, even though they are living together. According to wikipedia, varicella has an infection rate of 90%: Varicella is ...
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Is ibuprofen contra-indicated for a child with chicken pox?

A posting is making the rounds telling parents not to use ibuprofen (advil, motrin, etc) if a child has chicken pox. Unlike aspirin, which is associated with Reyes syndrome, the claim is that ...
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For varicella zoster(chickenpox), when are vaccination / antiviral drugs effective?

The UK does not routinely vaccinate its citizens against chickenpox though the info website of the chief healthcare provider acknowledges that vaccinations are available and there are also ...
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On the mechanics of chickenpox immunity for newborns and breastmilk antibody transfer

According to my healthcare provider, a newborn should not be affected by chicken pox if it has immunity thanks to his mother having had the infection as a child herself - this immunity is apparently ...
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Do I need to get re-immunized for immunities received prior to contracting measles?

One study has suggested that measles can lead to "immune memory loss", meaning immunities gained prior to measles infection can be lost. I had measles at age six. According to the (current) CDC ...
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Can I get chickenpox from meeting someone who lives with someone else with chickenpox? [duplicate]

Title mostly says it all. I've never had chickenpox. I was given chickenpox vaccine shots twice, once as an infant, and once at around 12-13 years old. I am now 23 years old. Am I safe? Or should I ...
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Can a pet dog be a carrier of chickenpox?

Can a pet dog be a carrier of chickenpox after contact with a person who has currently suffered chickenpox?
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Is the second vaccine dose necessary if seroconversion occurred after the first dose?

My question is applicable to all multi-dose vaccines with vaccination intervals of several weeks, though the specific case that triggered my question was the chickenpox vaccine Varilrix/GSK. My ...
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Is a child with chickenpox who is vaccinated still contagious?

If a child is vaccinated for chickenpox but she gets the disease anyway, will her vaccination affect the likelihood of transmitting the disease to others?
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Is getting the chickenpox vaccination twice in a month harmful?

My 15 month old daughter was given chickenpox vaccine twice in a month by mistake. Does this pose any problem?
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Can I contract chickenpox from my child who just got vaccinated?

My child just got the MMRV vaccine that contains a weakened chickenpox virus. If I never had chickenpox symptoms in my life, can I contract it from him? Would also getting vaccinated help?
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Infectious chicken pox

My 21 year old son has chicken pox and has been home for a few days now. The spots are just starting to crust over. I work with elderly people but have had chicken pox as a child - should I carry on ...