The Chickenpox (varicella) CPG has been updated by the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases.
The Key points for the CPG are
- Chickenpox is usually a self-limiting disease in immunocompetent children, requiring symptomatic treatment only
- Treatment with aciclovir is reserved for premature neonates or those <7 days of age, immunocompromised children, and children with systemic or central nervous system disease
- Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin (VZIG) should be given to an infant whose mother develops chickenpox 7 days before to 2 days after delivery, and to children at risk of complications of chickenpox