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Chickenpox (Varicella) - What Increases Your Risk

You are at risk for chickenpox if you have not had chickenpox or the vaccine and you:

  • Live with someone who has chickenpox.
  • Are indoors for more than 1 hour with someone who has chickenpox.
  • Are in the hospital and share a room with someone who later gets chickenpox or are cared for by a staff member who later gets chickenpox.
  • Have a weak immune system.

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 aren't likely to get chickenpox more than once.

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Last Updated: January 15, 2013
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