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Varicella (Chicken Pox & Shingles)


Varicella, caused by the varicella-zoster virus is a highly contagious infection. Chicken Pox is usually a mild disease in children, but can be severe in adults sometimes causing death.


Symptoms (Chicken Pox)


  • Itchy rash causing open wounds

  • Infection of the wounds

  • Encephalitis 

  • Pneumonia

  • Meningitis 

  • Difficulty balancing and walking


Sometimes the virus can reactivate later in life, causing Shingles (Herpes Zoster), a painful rash exposing itself along one nerve dermatome.


Symptoms (Shingles)


  • Tingling skin

  • Burning Skin

  • Rash

  • Fluid filled blisters

  • Pain (can be extreme) 

  • Flu-Like Symptoms





A vaccination for chicken pox is available for children aged 9 months and older, adolescents and adults. A shingles vaccine is available for adults aged 50 and over. 

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