Commentary - Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology (2023) Volume 7, Issue 3
Preventing Chickenpox: Vaccination, Hygiene, and Other Strategies for Avoiding Varicella Zoster Virus
Muhammad Moeen Ali*
Department of Chemistry, Hafiz Hayat Campus, University of Gujarat, Pakistan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Muhammad Moeen Ali
Department of Chemistry, Hafiz Hayat Campus
University of Gujarat
Received:27-Apr-2023,Manuscript No. AAJIDMM-23-97559;Editor assigned: 01-May-2023, PreQC No. AAJIDMM-23-97559 (PQ);Reviewed:15-May-2023, QC No. AAJIDMM-23-97559;Revised:19-May-2023, Manuscript No. AAJIDMM-23-97559 (R); Published:26-May-2023, DOI:10.35841/ aajidmm-7.3.143
Citation: Muhammad Moeen Ali. Preventing chickenpox: Vaccination, hygiene, and other strategies for avoiding varicella zoster virus.. J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2023;7(3):143
Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is characterized by a rash of itchy, fluid-filled blisters that can appear anywhere on the body. While most people recover from chickenpox without complications, it can be a serious illness for certain populations, such as infants, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent chickenpox and protect yourself and others
Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is characterized by a rash of itchy, fluid-filled blisters that can appear anywhere on the body. While most people recover from chickenpox without complications, it can be a serious illness for certain populations, such as infants, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent chickenpox and protect yourself and others.
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One of the most effective ways to prevent chickenpox is through vaccination. The varicella vaccine is highly effective in preventing chickenpox, with up to 98% efficacy after two doses. The vaccine is recommended for all children, adolescents, and adults who have not had chickenpox or who have not been vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended for children, with the first dose given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose given at 4-6 years of age. Adults who have not had chickenpox or who have not been vaccinated should also receive two doses of the vaccine .
If someone in your household has chickenpox, it is important to isolate them from others to prevent the spread of the virus. The person with chickenpox should stay at home and avoid contact with others until all of the blisters have crusted over, usually about 5-7 days after the onset of the rash. It is also important to avoid close contact with anyone who has not had chickenpox or who has not been vaccinated .
Practicing good hygiene can also help prevent the spread of chickenpox. This includes washing your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coming into contact with someone who has chickenpox. It is also important to avoid touching your face or mouth, as the virus can enter the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth .
Boosting the Immune System
Maintaining a healthy immune system can also help prevent chickenpox. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. Avoiding stress and practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga, can also help boost the immune system. Chickenpox vaccinations should not be given during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman who has not been vaccinated and isn't immune comes into contact with someone who has chickenpox, she should see a doctor quickly. Within four days of contact, special antibodies can be injected to fight the virus. This is called “passive immunization.” It can stop chickenpox from developing fully, or at least lessen the symptoms. Passive immunization is also an option for new-borns if their mother develops chickenpox a few days before or after giving birth. It is done to try to protect the baby from severe symptoms..
Chickenpox can be a serious illness, but it is also preventable. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent chickenpox, but isolation, good hygiene, and boosting the immune system can also help reduce the risk of infection. By taking these steps, you can protect yourself and others from this contagious and uncomfortable illness.
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