For any of you exposed to "the POX", I would strongly suggest you obtain
ACYCLOVIR @ 800 mg 5X /day for about a week, instituted at the first
hints that you are breaking out with the rash. This will shorten the
length of illness and may prevent complications. This drug is pretty
safe. I would not "ride out" the disease.
On Wed, 11 May 1994, John Brunstein wrote:
> The vaccine isn't available in Canada, either....unfortunately the pox is
> currently making the rounds of some of the research labs here at UBC, and
> as I have not been previously exposed I'm now crossing my fingers and
> waiting for the two-week incubation period to be up to see if I'll be
> lucky. The good news seems to be that of the people I know who have been
> infected, it really isn't too bad...just an excuse to get out of the lab
> for a week or so!
>>> On Tue, 10 May 1994 jbernste at m1.interserv.com wrote:
> > In article <2qjrof$1tu at news.udel.edu>, <emitch at lobster.mis.udel.edu> 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...is 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!