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Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Most cases are in children under age 15, but older children and adults can get it. It spreads very easily from one person to another.

The classic symptom of chickenpox is an uncomfortable, itchy rash. The rash turns into fluid-filled blisters and eventually into scabs. It usually shows up on the face, chest, and back and then spreads to the rest of the body. Other symptoms include

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  1. Chickenpox (National Library of Medicine)  
    Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Most cases are in children under age ... one person to another. The classic symptom of chickenpox is an uncomfortable, itchy rash. The rash turns ...
  2. Varicella; Chicken pox ... Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a member of the herpesvirus family. The same virus also causes herpes zoster (shingles) in adults. Chickenpox can be spread very easily to others. You ...
  3. Contagious Health Problems in Schools (American Academy of Pediatrics)  
    ... carriers but are symptom-free can attend school. Chicken Pox Chicken pox is a common viral disease among children. Although ... lesions have dried and crusted. Vaccines to prevent chicken pox are available and safe. All school-age children ...
  4. Immunization - chickenpox; Vaccine - VAR;Immunization - VAR; Varicella zoster vaccine ... Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus is very common and spreads very easily. ...
  5. Shingles Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    ... diagnosis, and treatment options of zoster, or shingles. Chicken Pox Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, ... the face, chest, abdomen, arms and legs. The chicken pox virus, also known as the varicella-zoster, lies ...
  6. Chickenpox - Fact Sheet for Parents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Vaccines Home Vaccines & Preventable Diseases Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccination Chickenpox - Fact Sheet for Parents Diseases and the Vaccines ... friendly version[403 KB, 2 pages] Benefits of chickenpox vaccine Saves lives. Protects against serious disease. Prevents ...
  7. Chickenpox (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... eyes and — yikes! You have chickenpox! What Is Chickenpox? Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella ... get better quicker. What Happens When You Have Chickenpox? Chickenpox may start out seeming like a cold: ...
  8. Chickenpox (Nemours Foundation)  
    About Chickenpox Caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), chickenpox used to be a common illness among kids in ... body and be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, so an infected child should ...
  9. What Makes Chickenpox Itch? (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... Flu Shot? The Pink Locker Society What Makes Chickenpox Itch? KidsHealth > Kids > Health Problems > Infections > What Makes Chickenpox Itch? Print A A A Text Size It ...
  10. Shingles: More Common with Age (American Academy of Dermatology)  
    ... 66.5%. Vaccine Recommended if No History of Chicken Pox While only people who have had chicken pox can develop shingles, the CDC recommends that people ...
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