What is Chickenpox (Varicella) 

What is Chickenpox (Varicella) and How does it spread?

Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

“A blister-like rash comes across the body and It is common for those infected to have between 250 and 500 itchy, annoying blisters. The babies, adults and those who have weekened immune system

are at a high risk. getting done the vaccination is the best prevention. “

What is Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine and Why should Travelers get the vaccine ?

The chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective.Getting the Chickenpox vaccine can protect you against the varicella-zoster virus. In Canada, Passport health offers the Varivax vaccine. ” the chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective.Getting the Chickenpox vaccine can protect you against the varicella-zoster virus. In Canada, Passport health offers the Varivax vaccine. This provides protection against chickenpox and is approved for use in children 12 to 15 months and four to six-years-old.

Who should get Chickenpox ( varicella) Vaccine ?

Usually children receive two doses. One is at 12 to 15 months and another is at four to six-years-old. The second dose can be given after at least three months,

if necessary. Usually children receive two doses. One is at 12 to 15 months and another is at four to six-years-old. The second dose can be given after at least three months, if necessary. Anyone over the age of 13 who has never had chickenpox should get two doses at least 28 days apart.

Individuals who had an allergic reaction to a previous dose, pregnant women and immune compromised persons should not get the vaccine.

Chickenpox (Varicella) Symptoms

  1. Itchy, Fluid-Filled Blisters
  2. Rash (especially on face, chest, and back)
  3. Fever Tiredness Loss of Appetite

What can travelers do to prevent the disease?

  1. Get vaccinated Varicella vaccine
  2. “Documentation of age-appropriate vaccination Preschool-aged children (≥12 months through 3 years of age): 1 dose
  3. School-aged children (≥4 years of age), adolescents, and adults: 2 doses”