Medical News Today: What is acyclovir?
Acyclovir comes in several prescription forms, including an oral tablet. The acyclovir oral tablet is used to treat viral infections such as shingles, genital herpes, and chickenpox. This form is available as both a generic drug and the brand-name drug Zovirax. Learn about its side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

EXPLOSIVE research: Chickenpox vaccine linked to widespread increase in shingles
(Natural News) If you ever had chicken pox, you probably have some unpleasant memories of the unrelenting itch and long soaks in an oatmeal bath looking for some relief. Most kids today will never know the misery of a bout of chicken pox because of the chicken pox vaccine, but it looks like all of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ICE detainee held in California prison diagnosed with chickenpox
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A detained immigrant has contracted chickenpox in California prison holding 1,000 asylum seekers
On June 18, officials sent out a warning to 800 staff saying the person had contracted varicella (chickenpox) while behind bars, and was now in isolation, according to a letter obtained by LAist. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From vitamin C therapy to acupuncture: Natural ways to prevent and ease shingles
(Natural News) Even though at least one in three people will develop shingles, or herpes zoster, in their lifetime, there are only a handful of effective remedies for the viral disease. A person develops shingles when latent varicella-zoster/chickenpox virus reactivates along the sensory nerves in the skin. The symptoms of shingles include painful blisters that last for about... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask Well: Is Shingles Contagious?
People who have never had chickenpox are at risk for developing the illness if they come in contact with a shingles patient ’ s blisters. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Shingles (Disease) Chicken Pox Immune System Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Personal Health: Why You Should Get the New Shingles Vaccine
People 50 and older should get the new shingles vaccine whether or not they remember having had chickenpox as a child, experts say. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Shingles (Disease) Vaccination and Immunization Chicken Pox Viruses Immune System Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccine found to cause shingles in some children
(Natural News) A case study published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology looked at shingles cases that occurred in healthy children that were vaccinated for chickenpox. In the study, the authors looked at cases of shingles that were initially thought to be skin rashes. The authors looked at seven cases of children who contracted herpes zoster (shingles) at the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox symptoms: Can adults get the illness? Dr Sara outlines complications of rash
CHICKENPOX symptoms can include a high temperature, aches and pains, a loss of appetite, and, one of the more recognisable signs, an itchy and spotty rash. The illness mostly affects children, but can adults get it? Dr Sara Kayat appeared on This Morning to offer her advice for adults fearful of contracting the illness during chickenpox season. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox WARNING: Taking ibuprofen to relieve itchy spots 'can make someone very ill'
CHICKENPOX season is fast approaching meaning it ’s more important than ever to recognise the spots and symptoms. Most cases require little or no treatment, and a vaccine can work as a preventative method. But a pharmacist is warning people of the dangers with administering ibuprofen. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox vs Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
Chickenpox vs. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox
Title: What to Do if Your Child Has ChickenpoxCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - January 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox
MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 -- Have a child with chickenpox? Don't despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease. " For most healthy children, chickenpox clears on its own without treatment, " said Dr. Sheila Fallon... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

London woman becomes oldest person ever to have chickenpox
The unnamed patient, who was treated at the Princess Royal University Hospital in London, had already battled the contagious bug as a child before contracting it again nine decades later. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is shingles contagious? Symptoms risk rises with age and being near chickenpox sufferers
SHINGLES causes painful symptoms and complications in older people, however getting the vaccine could protect you. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged 4 –17 Years Who had Ever had Varicella (Chickenpox), by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2007–2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - December 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

From chickenpox to shingles: new insights
The virus that causes chickenpox can also lead to more serious and painful conditions in older people. An EU-funded researcher is discovering how the virus interacts with the immune system and, possibly, how it might be controlled. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 14, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus
US regulators approve a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles caused by the chickenpox virus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Housecall: Understanding shingles
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Shingles: An overview Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus ? the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles, causing a painful skin rash along [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 2, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Zydus and Pharm Aid enter deal for varicella vaccine technology in Russia
Indian healthcare company Zydus Cadila has entered an exclusive agreement with Pharm Aid for the technology expertise of varicella vaccine production in Russia to prevent chickenpox. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Immunization Resources in Multiple Languages
From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and public health professionals often need resources to educate individuals who may have limited English proficiency about the importance of receiving vaccinations for themselves and their children. Check MedlinePlus for resources on immunizations and childhood immunizations in both English and Spanish. Also check HealthReach for patient handouts in multiple languages about vaccinations, including: Vaccine Information Statements on specific vaccines, like the chickenpox vaccine (24 languages), diphtheria, tetan...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - August 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Consumer Health Education Health Professionals Outreach Source Type: news

Newly found immunodeficiency can turn chickenpox virus fatal
Researchers have identified a mutation in a sensor that the immune system uses to detect viruses that can turn the chickenpox virus deadly in rare cases. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox virus fatal in newly discovered immunodeficiency
(Aarhus University) A new study has identified an immunodeficiency which leads to some people becoming seriously ill from the chickenpox virus. The discovery of the gene mutation may help to improve prevention and treatment of the disease. It also contributes with fundamental new knowledge about the immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Health Tip: One of Three Adults Gets Shingles
-- Adults 60 and older should be vaccinated for shingles, a very painful rash that's triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If you had chickenpox when you were younger, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccine now on the high street - but would you pay THIS much?
CHICKENPOX is a common childhood illness affecting nearly 8 million one to ten-year-olds in the UK. The condition can also cause complications in adults. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox jab offered on the High Street
The vaccine is not part of routine immunisations and only offered by the NHS in specific cases. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccine now on the high street - would you pay THIS much to protect family?
CHICKENPOX is a common childhood illness affecting nearly 8 million one to ten-year-olds in the UK. The condition can also cause complications in adults. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine-pushing mainstream media now pretending that chicken pox is a deadly medical emergency (it used to be considered no big deal)
(Natural News) In the past chickenpox was no big deal. Kids were put in oatmeal baths to avoid scratching and scarring. Although it can make a child feel miserable for a few days, symptoms are often mild and far from life-threatening. Some people, backed by vaccine-pushing doctors and misinformed parents, still believe immunizing against an... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Shingles Tied to Heart, Stroke Risk?
TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 -- Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime. The painful skin rash can occur in anyone who's had chickenpox, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 4, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Everything you MUST know about the new chickenpox jab
Although the NHS describes chickenpox as a ‘usually mild’ condition that clears up in a week or so, in some cases it can be serious. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I Got Shingles As A Healthy 34-Year-Old, And It Was The Worst Pain I've Ever Felt
By Amanda MacMillan A few weeks after my 34th birthday, my husband and I went for a Saturday hike — a weekly ritual we’d started after moving to New York State’s Catskill Mountains region a few months earlier. I’d been feeling a bit under the weather, and I hoped the fresh autumn air would do me good. It didn’t. Later that night, I had chills and my skin felt strangely sensitive, like when you’re coming down with the flu. On top of that, it felt like I had pulled a muscle in my back or chest; when I breathed or stretched certain ways, I’d get shooting pains across my body. I blamed...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Merck in hot water over dangerous shingles vaccine that caused numerous injuries, deaths
(Natural News) Commercials for the jab showing happy people free of shingles are a common feature of television advertising. But Merck & Co’s “Zosatavax” vaccine to prevent varicella, the adult version of chickenpox, is causing the international drug giant some serious headaches after numerous people who got the shot suffered injuries and/or death. Multiple lawsuits... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations
FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 -- Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious complications from shingles, a new study finds. Shingles occurs when the same virus that causes chickenpox is reactivated later in life. Nearly one-third of people in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 17, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Mother of baby with meningitis told she had chickenpox
Tiffany Staveley, 26, was given calamine lotion to treat her daughter, Ava. The five-month-old was found to have both meningitis and Kawasaki disease, and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed
Conclusion This was a Norwegian case-control study that looked at whether maternal infections during pregnancy are associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in their children. The study initially found no association between any of the pathogens during pregnancy or after delivery, and the development of ASD in boys or girls. Further investigations suggested that high levels of HSV-2 virus antibodies during mid-pregnancy were associated with increased risk of the development of ASD in boys. The researchers suggest that the suspected risk of ASD associated wit...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Neurology Mental health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Don't suffer with shingles
Shingles is a viral infection that triggers a painful, blistery rash. It's?caused by the varicella-zoster virus ? the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. There's no cure for shingles, but a [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Will "Measles Parties" Return?
The co-author of this post is Will Schupmann President Trump's possible appointment of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a commission on vaccine safety should frighten all American parents. Kennedy, a vocal believer in the thoroughly discredited notion that childhood vaccines lead to autism, could strengthen the anti-vaccination movement, which would undoubtedly result in the deaths of unvaccinated children. Today's anti-vaccination movement has already proved to be dangerous. The Disneyland-linked outbreak of measles in California two years ago brought attention to a significant decline in vaccination rates, which vaccine o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 29, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

The secret of Namibia's 'fairy circles' may be explained at last
Using computer models, ecologists think they have finally hit upon the reason for the strange polka dot patches scattered across the Namib desertThe marks on the ground in the Namib desert resemble a vast sheet of polka dots, or to the less romantic observer, perhaps a bad case of chickenpox.In local myths, the bare, red circles fringed with grass are footprints of the gods, or patches of land once poisoned by the breath of a subterranean dragon. But even among scientists, who strive for more convincing theories, the curious, repetitive patterns have proved hard to explain.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 18, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Biology Namibia Africa World news Science Environment Source Type: news

Chickenpox symptoms: Should ibuprofen be used to treat common virus?
CHICKENPOX is a common illness - caused by a virus - which affects most children. However, after a child was struck down by life-threatening sepsis following treatment with medicine containing ibuprofen, questions have been raised as to how children should be medicated. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Health Ministry Confirms There Is Chickenpox Outbreak in Mombasa and Nairobi
[Nation] The Health ministry has confirmed an ongoing outbreak of chickenpox in Mombasa and Nairobi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 24, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Ministry Investigates Chickenpox Outbreak in Mombasa and Nairobi
[Nation] The Ministry of Health is investigating a suspected chickenpox outbreak in Mombasa and Nairobi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How much does the chickenpox vaccine cost? Where can you buy the vaccine?
PARENTS dread the day when their beloved child is struck down with chickenpox. Here is a look at where you can buy a vaccine to protect your children. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This doctor breaks down language and cultural barriers to health care
It was the early 1960s, and 9-year-old Eliseo Pérez-Stable was at home in Miami with the chickenpox, dreading his return to the third grade. Nearly a year had passed since his parents in Cuba — fearful of the communists’ rise to power — had sent him out of that country with his grandparents, and he […]Related:Flu nose spray doesn’t work for children; use shots instead, federal expert panel saysDoctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online1 in 3 antibiotics prescribed in U.S. are unnecessary, major study finds (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Big drop in chickenpox since 2-dose vaccine began
Cases of the virus have dropped dramatically, especially in certain age groups (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox down 85 percent since 2-dose vaccine started: CDC
HealthDay News Chickenpox has continued declining in the United States since 2006, when doctors began routinely recommending a second dose of vaccine, health officials said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Cases Down 85% With 2-Dose Vaccine: CDC
Kids 5 to 14 had the biggest drop in illness (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Cases Down 85 Percent Since 2-Dose Vaccine Started: CDC
Kids 5 to 14 had the biggest drop in illnessSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Cases Down 85 Percent Since 2-Dose Vaccine Started: CDC
THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 -- Chickenpox -- which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus -- has continued declining in the United States since 2006, when doctors began routinely recommending a second dose of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, U.S. health... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

A toddler's chickenpox turned into horrific flesh-eating necrotising fasciitis
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Charlie Cave, from Kempston, Bedfordshire, was just 13-months-old when he developed  the early stages of the secondary flesh-eating infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why the chickenpox vaccine could be DEADLY in later life
Andrew Pollard, a professor of paediatric infection and Immunity at Oxford University, explains why the vaccine is routinely available in the US and Australia but not in the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news