The Center for Disease Control shared that Chickenpox is a contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus spreads mainly by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters, and possibly through tiny droplets from infected people that get into the air after they breathe or talk, for example. Symptoms of chickenpox include an itchy rash, fever, and tiredness. The disease can be serious, even fatal, for babies, adolescents, adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. The best protection against chickenpox is two doses of the chickenpox vaccine. You can still get chickenpox if you’ve been vaccinated. However, you’ll likely have fewer blisters and little or no fever.
- Chickenpox is a very contagious disease that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
- The classic symptom of chickenpox is a blister-like rash. You can have between 250 and 500 blisters all over your body.
- Before the vaccine was available, about 4 million people in the United States would get chickenpox each year.
- You can still get chickenpox if you’ve been vaccinated, but you’ll likely have fewer blisters and little or no fever.
- CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine. If you previously got one dose, make sure to get a second one.