The chicken pox are spread by coughing, sneezing or having direct contact with secretions from vesicles.
- Itchy vesicles
- Muscle pains
- Sore throat
- Ear pain.
There are few serious implications; however, pregnant women are at risk for complications. Chicken pox is also said to be responsible for 1/3 of all strokes in children in children.
Historically, parents would purposely expose children to the chicken pox at young ages, however, we now have a vaccine to prevent complications from the contagious disease.
- The vaccine has reduced cases by 80-90%.
- The common adverse effect is pain at the site of injection.
- The child is given two doses: one dose at 1 year of age and then another dose 3+ months later.