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adult chicken pox

Jack Bernstein jbernste at BARADA.INTERSERV.NET
Wed May 11 16:06:11 EST 1994

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!
> > 
> > 
> > 

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