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If you have had Varicella or the Varicella vaccine before a blood test is required
Varicella (Chickenpox) is a highly infectious disease that is very uncomfortable and sometimes serious. It is most commonly seen in children under 10 years but if reactivated in a person who has had Chickenpox previously can cause Shingles.
Whilst it is not possible to develop Shingles from a person with Chickenpox, it is possible to develop Chickenpox from exposure to a person with Shingles.
Chickenpox is highly contagious, infecting 90% of people who come into contact with the disease.
Transmission is through direct person to person contact, airborne droplet infection or through contact with infected articles such as clothing and bedding. Although all susceptible patients in health care settings are at risk from severe Varicella and complications, certain patients without evidence of immunity are at increased risk.
- Pregnant women
- Premature infants
- Immunocompromised persons
Adults with Chickenpox may develop more severe disease and complications including pneumonia. Following a Chickenpox infection the virus lays dormant in the nervous tissue for life.