adult chicken pox

jbernste at jbernste at
Tue May 10 23:56:56 EST 1994

In article <2qjrof$1tu at>, <emitch at> writes:

> I am 31 years old, never have had chicken pox, and I teach. 
> 1) Is it true that chicken pox are worse for adults than children?
> 2) Is the vaccine ready yet/effective?  My HMO doesn't have it 
> available?  
> (please respond by email)

I am an adult Infectious Diseases doc / virologist.

Yes, it is worse in adults. The vaccine seems OK and safe but isn't licensed in 
the US. I am not sure if you can get it. The Pediatric ID section at NYU (Anne 
Gershon) has the latest data.

Good luck!

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