Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The classic symptom of chickenpox is a rash that develops into itchy, fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into scabs. Other symptoms that may appear 1-2 days prior to the rash are fever, tiredness, loss of appetite and headache. For more information on chicken pox click on the CDC link below.
To prevent the disease, the varicella immunization is given at 12-15 months of age and 4-6 years of age. For more information on the vaccine, click on the link below.