What is Varicella?
Varicella, commonly known as chickenpox, is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It primarily affects children but can also occur in adults who have not been previously infected or vaccinated. The infection is characterized by a widespread itchy rash with small, fluid-filled blisters that eventually scab over.
How to Prevent Varicella?
Prevention of Varicella includes avoiding contact with infected individuals, practicing good hygiene, maintaining a clean environment, isolating infected individuals, and vaccination.
Is Varicella Vaccine Necessary?
The varicella vaccine provides a high level of protection against the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that causes chickenpox. It is recommended for children, adolescents, and adults who have not been previously vaccinated or had chickenpox. If you are traveling to an area where varicella is endemic or prevalent, or if you anticipate close contact with individuals who may have varicella or shingles, vaccination can help reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
To find out if your destination(s) require Varicella vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.
We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.
Is Varicella Serious Disease?
Symptoms of Influenza include:
- Rash: hallmark symptom of varicella is a red, itchy rash that starts as small red bumps and progresses to fluid-filled blisters
- Fever: mild to moderate fever, often one of the first symptoms to appear
- Fatigue and general malaise
- Loss of appetite
- Sore throat
- Muscle and joint pain, particularly in adults
- Mild respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose or cough
Available travel vaccinations and medications
We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:
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