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Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus. It is transmitted from person to person by direct touching the blisters, saliva, or mucus of an infected person and through air by coughing and sneezing. Chickenpox is characterized by an itchy rash on the face, scalp, and trunk with pink spots and tiny fluid- filled blisters that dry and become scabs four to five days later. The incubation of chickenpox is ten to twenty-one days and the disease is contagious 1 to two days before the appearance of the rash until the blisters have dried and become scabs ( CDC, 2011). Approximately four million people get this disease every year and it is commonly seen in children and mos frequently in the late winter …show more content…

Since the availability of this varicella vaccine shows a highly effective introducing the incidents of chickenpox and protective against severe cases ( Maurer & Smith). The determinants of health addresses the factors that causes people to be more healthy than others and how we can adjust the situation in our environment to make a society have a better opportunity to lead healthy lives. The determinants of health are identified by the range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influences health status. These factors can be characterized by several topics such as policy making, social factors, health services, individual behavior, and biology and genetics. An individual to achieve these factors have to be interrelated. Determinants of health focuses its efforts beyond traditional health care and public health sectors. It include education, housing, transportation, agriculture, and environment to be important areas in improving population health ( HealthyPeople.govn.d ). Policy making addressed at different levels affect individual and population. This contributes to the development of chickenpox and the possible complications in the fetus. It is required by the state of New York that the varicella vaccine is to be given as a routine childhood vaccination. All pregnant mothers should have had the vaccination in childhood. The social and physical determinants of health can have an impact


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