Are vaccines available for viral skin infections?

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Vaccines are available for some, but not all viral skin infections. For example, the varicella vaccine is given to children to prevent chickenpox infection, and elderly people often receive a vaccine against varicella-zoster. This vaccine often makes their symptoms less severe or prevents the virus from becoming reactivated.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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