Can't Find Varicella Vaccine Anywhere! - page 3

I'm starting to run into a real big problem. I'm 27, and never had the chickenpox, and I cannot find ANYWHERE that offers the adult vaccination. My school wants me to have the vaccines done before our clinical rotations start in... Read More

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    Quote from ScottE
    Well no ****. It was a joke referencing the following story and not a serious solution.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7AB0SW20111112
    You could have performed the public service of warning people that this doesn't work. Unless, of course, you sell snake oil and lollipops.

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    Quote from Jolie
    Urban myth. Chicken pox is a respiratory virus, transmitted by airborne route. Licking a lollipop, while gross and disgusting, won't cause a case of chicken pox.

    Not so. Varicella is spread by contact as well, according to the CDC.

    http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/about/transmission.html

    The virus can also be spread from people with shingles by contact with the blisters, causing chickenpox.
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    OP what about an MMRV booster? That would contain the varicella vaccine. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to get a booster of the others, since it's probably been over 20 years since your last dose.
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    Quote from SweetOldWorld
    Not so. Varicella is spread by contact as well, according to the CDC.

    http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/about/transmission.html

    The virus can also be spread from people with shingles by contact with the blisters, causing chickenpox.
    from your source:

    Transmission

    Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus spreads easily from people with chickenpox to others who have never had the disease or received the chickenpox vaccine. The virus spreads in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters.

    Chickenpox can also be spread from people with shingles. Varicella-zoster virus also causes shingles. A person with shingles can spread the virus to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. In these cases, the exposed person might develop chickenpox.


    How does licking a lollipop sent via the mail bring one into contact with active blisters of chicken pox or shingles?
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    Quote from Jolie
    from your source:

    Transmission

    Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus spreads easily from people with chickenpox to others who have never had the disease or received the chickenpox vaccine. The virus spreads in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters.

    Chickenpox can also be spread from people with shingles. Varicella-zoster virus also causes shingles. A person with shingles can spread the virus to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. In these cases, the exposed person might develop chickenpox.


    How does licking a lollipop sent via the mail bring one into contact with active blisters of chicken pox or shingles?
    Certainly not by the respiratory route.
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    Quote from Ashley, PICU RN
    OP what about an MMRV booster? That would contain the varicella vaccine. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to get a booster of the others, since it's probably been over 20 years since your last dose.
    Interesting thought. I have to check, but I don't think the MMRV is recommended for adults. In our school system, we don't accept it for varicella immunity if the student is middle school age or older. They must receive the varicella only vaccine or present proof of chicken pox infection.
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    Quote from SweetOldWorld
    Certainly not by the respiratory route.
    Not by any route. Chicken pox is not transmitted via week-old lollipop.
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    Quote from Ashley, PICU RN
    OP what about an MMRV booster? That would contain the varicella vaccine. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to get a booster of the others, since it's probably been over 20 years since your last dose.
    Per the CDC:

    Anyone 13 or older who needs protection from these diseases should get MMR and varicella vaccines as separate shots.

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis...s/vis-mmrv.pdf
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    Quote from Jolie
    Not by any route. Chicken pox is not transmitted via week-old lollipop.
    I am not arguing with you about transmission by lollipop. I was simply pointing out that varicella is not solely an airborne disease.
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    Thanks for all the info guys! FINALLY, I found a doctor that offers the shot and is willing to give it to me. It's $300, since I don't have insurance and I am paying out of pocket, which is insane. It's $150 for the office visit, and $140 for the vaccine. Jeez. My appointment is Monday afternoon, at a clinic over 2 hours away. What a hassle, but I'll just be glad to have it over with (at least, after I return in 4 weeks for the booster).


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