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Can you get chickenpox more than once in your life?

chickenpox vaccination

Once an almost accepted part of childhood, the uncomfortable symptoms of the chickenpox can now be effectively prevented with the chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Once exposed, an infected person will start to show symptoms within 1-3 weeks.

It’s more common in children, but people of any age can get the chickenpox. How serious the condition becomes usually depends on the age of the patient. Symptoms tend to be more severe in older children, adults, the elderly, pregnant women, and in those with a weakened immune system.

If you had chickenpox as a child, it’s unlikely you will experience it again as an adult. However, while rare, it is possible to get the chickenpox more than once.

Chickenpox Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • A rash

The rash associated with chickenpox occurs in three stages. In the first stage, red spots will appear on the face and chest before spreading across the entire body. These spots are very itchy and uncomfortable which is why it’s important to prevent children from scratching them as much as possible. Scratching can make the spots worse and leave behind scars.

The red spots will eventually turn into fluid filled blisters. In the final stage, the blisters will weep and turn into sores before they crust over and heal.

The rash and other symptoms typically clear up in about a week without any complications. However, even those who are otherwise healthy can experience more severe complications like:

  • Dehydration
  • Pneumonia
  • Joint inflammation
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Sepsis

Other complications can occur if the rash develops over sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, genitals, and throat.

Where Can I Get the Chickenpox Vaccination in Northampton?

If you aren’t eligible for vaccination through the NHS or want a more convenient appointment, Touchwood Pharmacy offers affordable chickenpox vaccination in Northolt and Ramsgate. It’s available for people aged 1 to 65 and is given as two injections into the upper arm. You will need to space the jabs apart 4-8 weeks for them to be effective.

With Touchwood Pharmacy, it’s easy to protect yourself and your family from the misery of chickenpox. Visit our website or contact us directly to arrange chickenpox vaccination in Sydenham.