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Chickenpox vaccine

Chickenpox

The varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox is a highly contagious virus spread through contact with an infected person or by touching something with the virus. The best way to avoid catching chickenpox is to avoid contact with someone who has it and to ensure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations.

Who can have the chickenpox vaccine?

The chickenpox vaccine is given as two separate injections, suitable for adults and children who: 

  • Haven’t already had the vaccine

  • Haven’t had chickenpox before

  • Are between one and 65 years old

  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Are not immunocompromised (a weakened immune system)

  • Haven’t had an allergic reaction to a vaccine before

  • Haven’t had a temperature in the 24 hours leading up to the appointment

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