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Old 09-20-2007, 02:36 AM   #1
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Varicella/chickenpox vaccination Questions

I had a question about varicella/chickenpox vaccination. My cousin who is 19 years old is unsure of she has either had varicella/chickenpox in the past as a child or either the vaccination. In either case, she needs to get another vaccination shot (for immigration in the US purposes). My question is, is there any such thing as maybe overvaccination? Like for theoretical example, if she *DID* indeed have had either: the disease itself [or] the vaccination, will a vaccination again cause any harm like autism risks or anything?? Or is it harmless to vaccinate again either way? Thank you.

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Old 09-22-2007, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: Varicella/chickenpox vaccination Questions

She should be able to get a blood test for the varicella antibodies that will show that she had the disease (however the blood test is often more expensive than the vaccination, so she might want to just go ahead and get vaccinated). There should be no danger in getting another varicella vaccination whether she has already had the disease or has already had the vaccine once already. The CDC reccomends two varicella vaccinations for adults not already vaccinated or never having chicken pox as a child.

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