Chapter 118 Immunization and vaccines Q&A (1 of 30) Sample Questions
1. A 10-year-old child has chickenpox and mother seeks pharmacist for information. All are true, EXCEPT:
- A. Chickenpox is contagious before lesions crust and not contagious after lesions crust over.
- B. Chicken pox vaccine to protect children and adults who have not had chickenpox before.
- C. Give passive immunity for future infections.
- D. Acetyl salicylic acid is the best choice for fever.
Tips: Ref: CTMAi, Chickenpox
Acetaminophen can be used to treat fever. Ibuprofen and naproxen are not recommended because of the risk of developing serious skin infections in children with chickenpox. Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) is not recommended because of the risk of developing Reye’s syndrome, a serious condition. To stop the itching, apply calamine lotion to the blisters. A cool shower or bath can also help. Try adding an oatmeal bath product or half a cup of baking soda to the bath water. If the itching is very bad, you can use an antihistamine. Ask your healthcare provider for information about which products are safe for the infected person.