Ultimate Chicken Pox Quiz
by Staff
If you're of a certain age, chances are you had chicken pox when you were in elementary school. How much do you really know about those red bumps?

In any given densely populated area in the world, what percentage of people have had chicken pox?

  • 45
  • 55
  • 65
  • 75
  • 85
  • 95

Is chicken pox caused by the herpes virus?

  • yes
  • no

What age group gets chicken pox the most?

  • babies
  • children
  • teenagers
  • young adults
  • elderly adults

In what time of year do most kids get chicken pox?

  • winter/early spring
  • spring/early summer
  • summer/early fall
  • fall/early winter

How long does the average chicken pox bout last?

  • three days
  • a week
  • two weeks

What's the definition of a 'pox'?

  • an extremely contagious virus
  • a viral infection that causes blisters
  • a sickness caused by animals

Why is it called 'chicken' pox?

  • because it was originally spread through contact with chickens
  • because it wasn't as dangerous as smallpox
  • because you look like a chicken has pecked you
  • Who knows?

How does the chicken pox virus usually enter your body?

  • eyes
  • nose
  • mouth

What usually happens when your immune system recognizes the chicken pox virus and starts fighting it?

  • The blisters start to appear.
  • You get a fever.

Once the chicken pox virus is in your body, how long does it take for the rash to appear on your skin?

  • two days
  • five days to a week
  • a week to 10 days
  • 10 to 21 days

So can you be contagious before you even know you have chicken pox?

  • Yes, you're contagious for the whole incubation period.
  • Yes, but you're contagious for only part of the incubation period.
  • No -- contagion starts when the blisters appear on your skin.

Is it true that you're no longer contagious when the chicken pox blisters scab over?

  • yes
  • no

If your child has chicken pox, what kind of painkiller should you avoid giving him?

  • ibuprofen
  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin

If you've had chicken pox, is it true that you don't need to worry about contracting shingles later in life?

  • yes
  • no

When was the chicken pox vaccine made widely available in the United States?

  • 1978
  • 1986
  • 1995
  • 2002

When routine vaccinations started, some areas showed a __ percent drop in chicken pox cases.

  • 15
  • 40
  • 65
  • 90

How many people out of 10 are immune after vaccination?

  • one
  • two
  • three
  • four
  • five
  • six
  • seven
  • eight
  • nine
  • 10

How many doses of the chicken pox vaccine do you need to be immune?

  • one
  • two
  • three
  • four

Are 'breakthrough' chicken pox cases more or less severe than cases in unvaccinated people?

  • more
  • less

If your child has chicken pox and you haven't been vaccinated, what are your chances of getting it?

  • 20 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 90 percent
  • 100 percent