Chickenpox (Varicella) (cont.)
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Treatment for chickenpox (varicella) depends on a person's age, health, and severity of the illness.
If you have not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine and you think you've been exposed to the virus, you may be able to get the chickenpox vaccine(What is a PDF document?). This may prevent you from having the illness or make the illness milder. It is recommended that the vaccine be given within 3 days after exposure to chickenpox. If you can't get the shot within 3 days, getting it up to 120 hours (5 days) after exposure may still help.2
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