Chickenpox risk factors

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Michael Maddaleni, B.S. Aravind Reddy Kothagadi M.B.B.S[2]


Risk factors which increase the likelihood of contracting chickenpox include, people without a history of chickenpox in the past, individuals who are not immunized against chickenpox, newborns, especially those born prematurely (less than 1 month or born to mothers who never contracted chickenpox prior to pregnancy), immunocompromised individuals, cancer patients and the use of immunosuppressant drugs.

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Risk factors which increase the likelihood of contracting chickenpox are as follows: [1][2]


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  2. Miller GG, Dummer JS (2007). "Herpes simplex and varicella zoster viruses: forgotten but not gone". Am. J. Transplant. 7 (4): 741–7. doi:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2006.01718.x. PMID 17391119.

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