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First Aid: Chickenpox

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Chickenpox (varicella) is an illness that has become much less common in the U.S. due to the chickenpox vaccine. The infection and rash will go away without treatment, but because chickenpox is easily spread from person to another, a child infected with the virus should stay home until the rash is completely crusted over.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

To help relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort:

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

To help prevent chickenpox, kids should receive the chickenpox vaccine when they're 12 to 15 months old, and a booster shot when they're 4 to 6 years old.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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