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Who gets chickenpox?

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Children under the age of 2 are most at risk for chickenpox. In fact, 90% of all cases occur in young children. But older kids and adults can get it, too.

You’re more at risk for chickenpox if you:

  • Haven’t had the virus before
  • Haven’t been vaccinated for it
  • Work in a school or child care facility
  • Live with children

From: What is Chickenpox? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox).”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox.”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about Chickenpox for Adults.”

KidsHealth: “Chickenpox.”

New York State Department of Health: “Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox).”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox.”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about Chickenpox for Adults.”

KidsHealth: “Chickenpox.”

New York State Department of Health: “Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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