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Reducing Your Risk of Chickenpox
- Avoid contact with people who have it or who have shingles.
- Avoid sharing personal items with people infected with the virus.
- Get a chickenpox vaccination .
- 12-15 months
- 4-6 years
- Adults, including pregnant women
- Newborns whose mothers have chickenpox
- People who are immunosuppressed or very ill
Preventing the Spread of Chickenpox
- Keeping them isolated until the disease runs its course and all blisters have crusted over
- Informing others who have been in recent contact with your child that they may have been exposed to chickenpox
Baker CJ, Pickerling LK, et al. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, 2011. Ann Intern Med . 2011;154(3):168-173.
Chickenpox. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/chickenpox.html . Updated May 2010. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Chickenpox (varicella). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox . Updated April 25, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Varicella. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated April 13, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013