Chicken Pox Age Groups

No Age Barriers for Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is most likely to infect children. In preschool and in kindergarten is when the highest incidents of chicken pox infections occur. This is when children are between 3-6 years old. Chicken pox can affect all age groups, including adults.

Chicken pox is also known as Varicella, which is a highly contagious infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Many feel that immunizations are worth the risks to help prevent the spread of it, while others feel children will develop immunity to chicken pox naturally and even that the virus has less risks than the immunization.

All Age Groups Infected With Chicken Pox

No matter what the age group, coughing, sneezing, and direct contact spreads the chicken pox virus. A person who has been infected with this virus is contagious from a couple days before symptoms begin until the blisters have scabbed over.

If there are other health issues that put a person at risk of complication, a healthcare professional should be contacted.

Once someone is infected with chicken pox, they may develop shingles as an adult. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster or zona. Shingle symptoms occur years or decades after a chicken pox infection. The chance of an outbreak of shingles increases after age 65.


Chicken pox normally will run its course uneventfully by treating the fever, discomfort, and itching. The chicken pox infection will be about finished about 10 days after exposure except for the healing of the scabs.