Chicken Pox

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Chicken Pox Grand Canyon University NRS 427 Concepts in Community and Public Health 4/4/15 Abstract Chicken pox, also called varicella, is a contagious illness that causes red spots that itch and some blister all over the body. We are going to take a closer look into how this is passed, the signs and symptoms, and who it effects the most. Most children receive the vaccination for Chicken pox at an early age. Adults can receive the vaccination as well, and the chicken pox vaccination requires to separate doses of the vaccine. Chicken pox is highly contagious to people who have yet to be exposed to the virus. Chicken Pox Determinates of health are referring to “The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors…show more content…
People who are exposed to this virus are fewer than they used to be due to the vaccination given to anyone not exposed to chicken pox. Those that are effected are possibly unaware they had never had chicken pox or are being exposed a second time. Children used to spread chicken pox easily because of their tendencies to share their drinks and food and be in close contact with those around them. Shingles is considered part of the Varicella-zoster family, and anyone who hasn’t been exposed to chicken pox should steer clear of the person with shingles. Shingles often comes to people who have been exposed to the virus chicken pox. Some of the virus may remain in the nervous system and come back later as painful shingles (blisters, high pain). Treatments for chicken pox often include topical anti-itch medication, the vaccination is helpful pre-chicken pox, and if the symptoms get severe a retroviral drug called acyclovir is used to treat the symptoms. As Registered Nurses we can become more aware of the signs and symptoms of chicken pox. We need to encourage people who haven’t been exposed to get vaccinated because the older we get the worse the chicken pox symptoms can be. A community health nurse can dig up information in their own community on number of cases seen throughout the year. They can then collect all the data (age,

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