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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Preventing Infection

Children, Toddlers & Infants

Kissing or close contact with ill infants, toddlers and children under 12 could pass an infection to a recovering BMT patient. Let common sense be your guide and minimize contact if you suspect an infection.

Polio & Chickenpox Vaccines

Avoid children who have had the oral polio vaccine for 8 weeks. In Canada the injectable polio vaccine is most commonly used and does not present a risk to BMT patients.

Even if children have had the chickenpox vaccine, there is still a possibility of them getting the disease. It is very important to avoid children who you suspect have come into contact with the chickenpox virus. After exposure to chickenpox, symptoms may appear in 11 to 20 days. The contagious period starts 1 to 2 days before the rash appears and lasts until all the spots have crusted over.

Notify your doctor immediately if you suspect you have been exposed to chickenpox.

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