Here in Maine we’ve seen a huge rise in the numbers of chicken pox cases this past school year.

So far 84 cases, which is nearly double over the 2013-2014 school year.

The reason for 57 of the 84 cases, unvaccinated, under-vaccinated children. This includes children who got the disease and were too young to be immunized.

I’m not going to rant or give an opinion on whether kids should or should not be vaccinated. I want to know if you’re OK if you had just a mild case or think you had a mild case of chicken pox as a teenager.

I have heard, getting chicken pox as an adult is much worse than if you contract the illness as a kid.

Back when I was 17, I had a mild case of chicken pox or so I understand. My first question is, can you get it twice, my understanding is no.

At 17, as I say I had chicken pox but the thing that concerns me slightly is, I never was diagnosed by a doctor. I got itchy red spots along with flu like symptoms and it was assumed I had had it.

Can you get vaccinated against chicken pox if you’ve had it? Can a doctor tell by a blood test whether you’ve had it? Can you get the vaccination twice in you life? I’m just not sure if I’ve had a chicken pox vaccination in adulthood. From the ages of 19 to 26 I lived a very scattered life and going to the doctor wasn’t a thing I did often.

Not trying to over dramatize my stress, just wondering what to do.