• Varicella (Chickenpox)
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Can a pregnant healthcare worker with a history of varicella infection care for a patient with varicella? Is it possible for her to have a declining titer, thus making her susceptible to the virus again?

People with a reliable history of varicella can be considered to be immune. A reliable history for healthcare personnel consists of (1) a healthcare provider’s diagnosis of varicella or verification of history of varicella disease; (2) a healthcare provider’s diagnosis of herpes zoster or verification of a history of herpes zoster; or (3) laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease. Immunity following disease or vaccination is probably life-long. More than one primary infection with varicella is unusual.

Last reviewed: May 16, 2023

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