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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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    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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