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Chickenpox (varicella zoster): clinical review

Chickenpox (varicella zoster): clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


March 12, 2014


March 23, 2017

Programme Description

This article by Dr Nuria Martinez-Alier and Dr Kirsty Le Doare describes the epidemiology and aetiology, diagnosis and management of chickenpox (varicella zoster). Key learning points for healthcare professionals include signs and symptoms, risks for immunocompromised children and infection in pregnancy.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be able to:
  • Identify patients at high risk of varicella recurrence or shingles in primary care 
  • Understand the use of aciclovir and varicella vaccine in different age and risk groups
  • Advise patients (and their carers) on the management of chickenpox and shingles in the community
  • Readers' comments

    `I was not aware about not using NSAIDs in chicken pox. It as good learning point for me.'

    `This is a very comprehensive article.’



    Activity authors
    Dr Nuria Martinez-Alier
    Consultant in paediatric infection and immunology

    Dr Kirsty Le Doare
    Consultant in paediatric infectious diseases
    St George's Hospital

    Test author
    Dr Ravi Ramanathan


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required