What is Chicken Pox? Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus called varicella zoster, is one of the most commonly reported disease for children. Usually mild and not life-threatening, it may be severe in babies, adults and people without a strong immune system. Second attacks are very rare.
What’s Happening?Once the virus gets inside the blood stream, theantibodies remember the disease to make sure thatthey can fight it off the next time. Soon, the cell-mediated immune response will kick in, but will nottreat the skin problems. Then t-cells will come inlater and clean up the skin.
How Does Chicken Pox Spread? Chicken Pox can be spread from person to person by direct contact with fluid from the blisters.
Symptoms of Chicken Pox A red, itchy rash, initially resembling insect bites, on your face, scalp, chest and back Small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over Fever Abdominal pain or loss of appetite General feeling of unease and discomfort or irritability A dry cough Headache
The Vaccine The Vaccine for chicken pox was invented in 1995, by the federal Food and Drug Administration. They approved a vaccine to immunize children and other people at risk.
The Vaccine the vaccine works by giving you a little bit of varicella zoster (chicken pox) and your immune system will remember the disease and will be able to fight of the virus if it ever comes back, and you won’t get it again.