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  • n  an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body

  • For children 12 or younger, these include hepatitis A and B, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), varicella and polio.
  • Zostavax contains a crippled form of the chicken pox's varicella zoster virus, and jump-starts the body's immune system, boosting the defense cells specifically designed to attack .
  • There varicella-zoster lies dormant, usually for decades.

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