Varicella, or chickenpox, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is easily spread from person-to-person by touching or breathing in the virus particles from chickenpox blisters. Common symptoms include fever and a blister-like skin rash. Herpes zoster, or shingles, is a painful rash that can occur many years following chickenpox. In Ontario, two doses of varicella vaccine are given to children and a herpes zoster vaccine is given to older adults.
To obtain or inquire about an immunization record, or for general immunization information, please contact your local public health unit.
PHO Grand Rounds: Swipe right: Using the internet for public health interventions for sexually transmitted infections
This will be complemented by a presentation from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, describing their experience implementing internet-based STI contact management strategies, including STI contact follow-up using social networking sites and health promotion.