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Chickenpox (varicella)

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to help ease symptoms and discomfort.

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Chickenpox prevention

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to prevent the condition.

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Chickenpox symptoms

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to help ease the symptoms.

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What causes chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s information on causes of chickenpox.

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Shingles

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Find out how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments are available.

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Chickenpox treatments

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to treat it.

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Chickenpox diagnosis

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how diagnose the condition.

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Pneumonia prevention

There are vaccines which reduce the risk of getting pneumonia. Learn why vaccination is recommended as a prevention for people in at risk groups.

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Measles treatments and prevention

Measles is best prevented by a vaccine given to children when they are young. Learn more about the vaccine and different treatment options available.

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Immunisation and pregnancy

During pregnancy, your immune system is naturally weaker than usual so are more susceptible to certain infections and illnesses which can be harmful to you and your developing baby.

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Obesity at conception linked to pregnancy complications

Women should lose weight before getting pregnant if they're obese or overweight, experts say, as excess weight at conception is linked to pregnancy complications.

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