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    I have never had chickenpox in my childhood. I am 21 years old and in my job, I have to be in contact with someone who has shingles. I wear aprons and gloves at all times when handling with care, and scrub my hands and arms afterwards. But lately, I have been feeling lethargic and getting headaches. No rashes! Probably me being a hypochondriac but I know the consequences can be dire if chickenpox occurs in adulthood. Is there any way I can avoid this? Can a doctor prescribe me antiviral medication? I have spoken to management but they said I have to do what is expected of me.
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    (Original post by Butterfly92)
    I have never had chickenpox in my childhood. I am 21 years old and in my job, I have to be in contact with someone who has shingles. I wear aprons and gloves at all times when handling with care, and scrub my hands and arms afterwards. But lately, I have been feeling lethargic and getting headaches. No rashes! Probably me being a hypochondriac but I know the consequences can be dire if chickenpox occurs in adulthood. Is there any way I can avoid this? Can a doctor prescribe me antiviral medication? I have spoken to management but they said I have to do what is expected of me.
    You may have developed immunity in childhood even if you didn't overtly have the disease. This can be checked with a blood test, which most occupational health depts should be able to do (I'm assuming you work in healthcare of some sort). They may offer you vaccination if you're not immune, though you may have to pay for this.

    A GP is unlikely to give you antivirals based on your current symptoms, but if you do develop any spots, get yourself seen.

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