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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

How do you get chickenpox?

When an infected person...
two babies spreading the disease by coughing and sneezing
Through close contact with open blisters
children catching chickenpox by other infected children.children catching chickenpox by touching spots from other infected children
From a mother to an unborn child via the placenta
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.
When exposed to an infected person, 9 out of 10 people will catch chickenpox.

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.

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:
chickenpox can be more serious for babies less than 1 year oldBABIES
<1 YEAR
chickenpox can be more serious for people over 15 years of ageADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS
>15 YEARS
chickenpox can be more serious for pregnant womenPREGNANT
WOMEN
chickenpox can be more serious for people with a weakened immune systemINDIVIDUALS WITH A
WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM

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 scarring Bacterial super infections and severe scarring
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
Occasionally chickenpox can be fatal. The majority of deaths occur in previously healthy individuals.
children dying from chickenpox
Although underlying medical conditions, often immune suppression, can contribute to a fatal outcome in some cases.
Chickenpox can lead to GP visits and Hospitalisations
chickenpox causes money, stress due to the hospitalisation process and day to take off work to go
it also causes on average 6.6 days off school/childcare

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 to learn more.

Angie video

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

9 in 10
children are protected against chicken pox after 2-dose course of vaccination

Find out if you or your child
could be vaccinated against
chickenpox

Enter the date of birth here
Not recommended
YES

GPs or Pharmacists will review eligibility at consultation.

Next steps

For further information on Chickenpox, please refer to:

NHS advice on chickenpox including dos and don'ts 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

National providers of private chickenpox vaccinations

Superdrug Health Clinics - https://healthclinics.superdrug.com/services
  • The criteria for inclusion here as a national provider is offering a chickenpox vaccination service in over 50 stores across the UK.
  • For providers who meet these criteria and would like to be added to the list please contact us on customercontactuk@gsk.com

What‘s next?

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