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Chickenpox might seem like a normal part of
growing up, but it doesn't have to be.
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WHAT IS CHICKENPOX?

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella zoster virus that enters through the respiratory tract and conjunctiva

a chickenpox virus invading the respiratory tract.a varicella zoster virus entering the respiratory tract
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HOW DO YOU GET CHICKENPOX?

When exposed by an infected person, 9 out of 10 people will catch chickenpox
two babies spreading the disease by coughing and sneezing
children catching chickenpox by other infected children.children catching chickenpox by touching spots from other infected children
pregnant women giving chickenpox to their child via placenta
unborn child catching chickenpox in the placenta of his infected mother to be
People are most infectious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs
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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CHICKENPOX?

Check if it's chickenpox:

red spot spread everywhere on the body It starts with red spots. They can appear anywhere on the body
red spot filling with liquid. red spot bubbling up on all the body The spots fill with fluid. The blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.
red spot scab over. scrubbing of red spot The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.

Initial Symptoms:

child with fever and a thermometer Mild to severe fever = high temperature (fever) of 380 C (100.40 F) or over
child coughing and having a sore throat Cough and sore throat
child feeling dizzy, funny, tired Malaise = feeling sick; feeling tired and generally unwell
a child not willing to eat Loss of appetite
14-16 DAYS Time from infection to symptoms appearing
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WHO IS AT RISK OF CHICKENPOX?

Unless you have contracted or been vaccinated against the disease, ALMOST everyone is susceptible to chickenpox. However, it can have a more serious impact for certain people:
BABIES
<1 YEAR
ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS
>15 YEARS
PREGNENT
WOMEN
INDIVIDUALS WITH A
WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
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WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF CHICKENPOX?

In England & Wales
670,000 CASES
are estimated every year
...EQUIVALENT TO
1 CASE EVERY MINUTE
It is generally a mild illness, leaving sufferers itchy, irritable and upset.
However, in some instances it can be associated with serious complications:
a child with additional spots everywhere due to super-infection and scaring Bacterial super infections and severe scaring
child with is respiratory tract severally infected due to pneumonia and bronchitis Pneumonia and bronchitis
child with a earing infection feeling dizzy and tired and having his ear buzzing Ear infections
children suffering from neurological disorders Neurological disorders
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children dying from chickenpox
chickenpox causes money, stress due to the hospitalisation process and day to take off work to go
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how can I avoid my child catching CHICKENPOX?

  Should you develop the disease, you are likely to be immune to future chickenpox infections
If you, or someone in your household is infected, prevent the spread of the disease by:
bus school crossed out; work briefcase crossed out. Keeping the infected person away from nursery, school or work
no contact with other children, no visit to your frind. Hand crossed out to illustrate that the child need to be keep off schoolcare or nursery Avoiding contact with ‘at-risk’ groups
hand holding a tissue to illustrate that all surfaces need to be cleaned Wiping surfaces with a sterilising solution
washing their hands under a lavatory Regularly washing infected clothes or bedding

VACCINATION HELPS PROTECT AGAINST CHICKENPOX

Vaccination programmes were estimated to have resulted in an absolute reduction in cases up to
96%
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WHAT‘S NEXT?

TALK TO
YOUR DOCTOR
OR PHARMACIST TODAY
ABOUT WAYS TO PROTECT
YOUR CHILDREN FROM
CHICKENPOX, INCLUDING VACCINATION
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PARENTS VIEW...

Chickenpox is generally a mild illness, leaving sufferers itchy, irritable and upset. However in some instances it can cause stress, scarring and potentially serious complications that may lead to hospitalisation, and in very rare cases, even death. Please watch Angie's story and our "Spots wouldn't hurt me" video to learn more.

Angie video
Parents video
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Next steps

For further information on Chickenpox, please refer to:

NHS advice on chickenpox including dos and donts if infected:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Chickenpox/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS advice on chickenpox vaccination:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/chickenpox-vaccine.aspx
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Date of Preparation: October 2017
Zinc number: UK/VAR/0023/17