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Varicella vaccination

Varicella vaccination

It’s a disease caused by a virus that mainly affects children. The virus spreads easily and is highly contagious. People of all ages who contract chickenpox can become very ill, especially those with weakened immune systems. Fever, headache, feeling unwell and loss of appetite begin 2 to 3 weeks after contact with an infected person. These symptoms last around 1 week and are followed by a rash turning into blisters on all parts of the body. Complications such as lung, skin or brain infections can occur. After recovery, the virus remains in the body and can cause a painful illness, shingles, later in life.

The virus is spread through the air (when you’re in the same room as someone with chickenpox) or by direct contact with the rash. Chickenpox can spread up to 2 days before the onset of the rash and until the blisters have all turned into scabs. A pregnant woman who has contracted chickenpox can transmit the disease to her baby. If you or your child have not been vaccinated and have never contracted chickenpox, you are not protected against the virus and run the risk of contracting and spreading chickenpox.

Source: Health Canada