Smorgasbord health – If you have had chickenpox you may get shingles.

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Chickenpox is one of the most common childhood illnesses with an estimated 9 out of 10 children contracting the virus. In itself it is usually mild and whilst uncomfortable because of the itching and general feeling of being unwell, it passes within two weeks.

There has been a great deal of research into childhood illnesses such as chickenpox, measles, German measles and mumps and their effect on the immune system. It is generally believed that provided the diseases do not cause complications that it will boost the immune system into adulthood.

There is a proviso with this assumption. It may not be the case if a child is treated with anti-biotics previously for bacterial infections which may have already weakened the immune system. Some parents deliberately put their children in the path of others with chickenpox but it can be a double-edged sword as there is a link between theā€¦

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