Chickenpox (also called Varicella Zoster) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults. The chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person through the air, or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters. It causes a rash, itching, fever, and tiredness. It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or in severe cases death.
Most people who have the chickenpox vaccine will not get chickenpox. But if someone who has been vaccinated does get chickenpox, it is usually very mild. They will have fewer spots, are less likely to have a fever, and will recover faster.
The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine provides protection against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox. The chickenpox vaccine contains a small amount of the live weakened varicella zoster virus. The vaccine causes your immune system to produce antibodies that will help protect against chickenpox.
Children can be vaccinated from 12 months and it is recommended that they have 2 doses, 6-8 weeks apart.
The cost is £90 per dose of vaccine.
It has been shown that 9 out of 10 children vaccinated with a single dose will develop immunity against chickenpox. A two-dose schedule is now recommended for all, as it gives a better immune response. Three-quarters of teenagers and adults who are vaccinated will develop immunity against chickenpox.
The vaccine does not contain thiomersal.
A person who has had Chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later.Shingles Vaccine
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