Children between the age of 1 year and 12 years receive a single 0.5ml dose and booster dose a month or up to four years later depending on the schedule recommended.
Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the initial infection with varicella zoster virus. The disease results in a characteristic skin rash that forms small, itchy blisters, which eventually scab over. It usually starts on the chest, back, and face It then spreads to the rest of the body. Other symptoms may include fever, tiredness, and headaches. Symptoms usually last five to seven days.
Some parents prefer their children to get the natural disease, but others prefer their children not to get scars. It is however the policy of most countries in Europe and The United States to vaccinate children.
- Complications may occasionally include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, and bacterial skin infections.The disease is often more severe in adults than in children
- After chicken pox vaccination your child may experience a local rash at the injection site or a more generalised rash.
- Avoid giving salicylates (aspirin or aspirin-based drugs) which in any case is not recommended to be given to children under 12 years of age.
- Ensure no pregnant woman who has never had chicken pox, or the full vaccination course live in the same house as the vaccinated child for six weeks.
- Adults: As an adult chicken pox can be very severe, it can cause a pneumonia which in some cases can be fatal. We recommend all adults who have never had the disease to be vaccinated.
- Health Care Workers: All healthcare workers without a history or evidence of chicken pox are expected to be vaccinated