Vaccine - Chickenpox

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting chickenpox, a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.




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.

  • Chickenpox typically begins with vague symptoms (fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite). In a few days itchy, fluid-filled blisters (pox) appear. The pox eventually burst and crust over.
  • The infection is typically mild in healthy children. However, it can cause more severe symptoms or complications in infants, adolescents, adults and anyone who has a weak immune system.

Serious complications of chickenpox may include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Infections and scarring of the chickenpox sores
  • Dehydration
  • Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
  • Nephritis (inflammation of the kidney)
  • Blood-clotting problems

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.

  • If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.
  • Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if they have an allergy to any of the components of the vaccine, an allergy to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin or a severely compromised immune system.
  • The vaccine may be postponed if your child has recently received, or will soon receive, an antibody (such as platelets, a blood transfusion or an immunity globulin). Check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.
  • A few children will still get chickenpox after being vaccinated. However, the symptoms are usually milder than in those who have not been vaccinated.

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.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for my child, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if my child does not get the vaccine?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Varicella Vaccine
Vaccine Chickenpox
Vaccine Chicken Pox
Vaccine - Chickenpox
Vaccine
Immunization Chickenpox
Immunization Chicken Pox
Chickenpox Vaccine
Chickenpox Shot
Chickenpox Immunization
Chicken Pox Vaccine
Chicken Pox Shot
Chicken Pox Immunization


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