Can my child get a shot to prevent chickenpox?

A vaccine for chickenpox is available and recommended. Ask your healthcare provider about the vaccine.

What should I know about the chickenpox vaccine?

Two doses are recommended. In children under the age of 13, one dose should be given between the ages of 12 and15 months, while the other is given at the age of 4-6 years.

If you are 13 or older and never got the vaccine, you should get two doses at least 28 days apart.

There is a vaccine that is only for chickenpox called Varivax®. There is another called ProQuad® that protects against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV).

Who should not get the chickenpox vaccine?

  • People who are allergic to the vaccine or to any part of the vaccine
  • Pregnant women or women who think they might be pregnant
  • People with immune system problems
  • People with tuberculosis
  • People who do not feel well (Get the vaccine when you feel better.)
  • People who have recently had a blood transfusion or any other live vaccines

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