This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting chickenpox, a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
Chickenpox is a very contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms usually develop about ten to twenty-one days after exposure. The infected person can spread the virus a day or two before they develop symptoms.
Serious complications of chickenpox may include:
Fortunately, due to the widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine, chickenpox is not as common as it used to be.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get the chickenpox vaccine between twelve and fifteen months of age. A second dose is given between four and six years of age.
You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the chickenpox vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the vaccine.
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