Heading out of the country? It’s a good idea to check with your doctor to see if you need any vaccines or booster shots before you leave.
Give yourself plenty of time, since it can take as many as 4-6 weeks for vaccines to take full effect, and some may involve more than one shot.
Of course, you’ll want to be up to date on all the usual vaccines you should get for everyday life in the U.S. Those diseases are also in other countries, so if you protect yourself at home, you shouldn’t get them when...
You are pregnant and have been exposed to chickenpox.
You or your child has chickenpox and any of the following:
A fever that lasts
longer than 24 hours
Severe itching that cannot be relieved by home
Chickenpox rash on the eyeball
A rash that
lasts longer than 2 weeks
If you are a teen or adult, are pregnant, or have a weak immune system, it's important to see your doctor as soon as you think you've been exposed to the chickenpox virus. Your doctor may want to give you a medicine that helps protect you from the virus.
A healthy child with chickenpox symptoms may not need to visit a doctor. You may be able to describe your child's symptoms to the doctor over the phone. Then your child won't have to leave the house and risk spreading the virus to others. But it is important to check with your doctor to find out if he or she wants to see your child.
If you go to a doctor's office, ask if you need to
take any precautions when you arrive to avoid spreading the infection. For
example, office staff may take you directly to an exam room when you arrive, rather than have you wait in the lobby.
Who to see
following health professionals can diagnose and treat chickenpox:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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