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Acyclovir for childhood chickenpox

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1268

Has substantial potential service implications

  1. D J Paynton
  1. General practitioner Bath Lodge Practice, Bitterne Health Centre, Bitterne, Southampton SO18 6BT

    EDITOR,—Henry H Balfour Jr fails to take into account the potential service implications of a policy to give acyclovir in childhood chickenpox.1 At present most cases of childhood chickenpox do not even come to general practitioners' notice, and those that do are often dealt with over the phone. Once we start actively treating patients, anxiety and expectation …

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