Chickenpox (Varicella)

Highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV)

Biggest Risk Factors
  • Not having the vaccination
  • Never having chickenpox before
  • Itchy, blister-like rash on chest, back, face, body (shingles) *can always come back later
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Skin infections
Q & A

Why is it called chickenpox?

  • The red spots were once thought to look like chickpeas (garbanzo beans).
  • Chickenpox rash looks like peck marks from chickens (chickenpox cannot be caught from a chicken).

What is shingles?
If you have had chickenpox before...

  • Varicella-zoster virus remains in nerve cells.
  • Virus can reactivate and resurface as painful, short-lived blisters.
  • Virus generally reappears in older adults and people with weaker immune systems.
The Varivax Vaccination