You are at risk for
chickenpox if you have not had chickenpox or the
vaccine and you:
- Live with someone who has
- Work or play indoors for more than 1 hour with someone
who has chickenpox.
- Are in the hospital and share a room with
someone who later develops chickenpox or are cared for by a staff member who
later develops chickenpox.
- Have an
impaired immune system.
Your risk of getting chickenpox is especially high if you
are exposed to a household member with chickenpox, because of the close
contact. In addition, you may develop a more severe case than the person who
infected you. Chickenpox is most contagious from 1 to 2 days before the rash
appears until the blisters have dried and formed crusts.
people also are at increased risk of developing
complications from chickenpox, such as newborns,
teenagers, adults-especially pregnant women-and those with impaired immune
After you have had chickenpox or the vaccine, you become
immune to the virus. It is possible that you may have
a slight reaction after reexposure, such as a few spots and a slight fever. But
you are not likely toget chickenpox more than once.
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