Why Get Vaccinated?
Chickenpox (also called Varicella) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults.
Chickenpox vaccine can prevent chickenpox. Most people who get 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.
Ask your doctor or nurse for more information. People who do not get the vaccine until 13 years of age or older should get 2 doses, 4-8 weeks apart. Ask your doctor or nurse for details. Chickenpox vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
Children should get 1 dose of chickenpox vaccine between 12 and 18 months of age, or at any age after that if they have never had chickenpox.
Who Should Not Get the Chicken Pox Vaccine?
What Will I Need to do Before My Child Can Receive the Chickenpox Vaccine?
On the day of your child's appointment, you will be asked to read information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding this vaccination.
What are the Risks from Chickenpox Vaccine?
A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of chickenpox vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting chickenpox vaccine is much safer than getting chickenpox disease. Most people who get chickenpox vaccine do not have any problems with it.
What should I look for?
Any unusual condition, such as a serious allergic reaction, high fever or behavior changes. Signs of a serious allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot. A high fever or seizure, if it occurs, would happen 1 to 6 weeks after the shot.
What should I do?
In the rare event that you or your child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, a federal program has been created to help you pay for the care of those who have been harmed. For details about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, call 1-800-338-2382 or visit the program’s website at http://www.hrsa.gov/bhpr/vicp/.
Ask your doctor or nurse. They can give you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of information. Call your local or state health department’s immunization program. Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Call 1-800-232-2522 (English) Call 1-800-232-0233 (Español)
This Vaccine Information Statement courtesy of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Immunization Program.
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