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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.

    Recommended Related to Adult Vaccines

    Vaccine Schedule for Adults

    Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Grown-ups need them to protect against diseases that become more common in adulthood. They can also protect you if you missed a dose as a child. Ask your doctor what you need. Let her know if you'll be traveling internationally, if you have allergies, or if you’re pregnant. All of those things can affect which shots you need and which you should skip for now. But most adults need some or all of the following vaccines.

    Read the Vaccine Schedule for Adults article > >

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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