Magazine article Geographical

Travel Doctor. (Travel)

Magazine article Geographical

Travel Doctor. (Travel)

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DEAR DOCTOR

I am flying to Antigua next month with both my children. However the oldest, Zoe, who is three, has come into contact with another child who has since developed chickenpox. What are the chances she will get it too, and will she be allowed to fly if she does?

Polly Sturton, Stoke-on-Trent

The incubation period for chickenpox can be anything from seven to 20 days. However, during this time she is not contagious until just before she develops a rash. You can tell this is about to happen as your daughter will develop cold-like symptoms, in which case you should cancel the flight as the chances are that she is about to erupt in blister-like viral-filled vesicles.

If she remains well over the next week then you should go ahead with the holiday as planned. Of course, there is a chance that with a maximum 20-day incubation period that she could go down with the illness while you are in Antigua. …

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