Chicken Pox (Varicella) vaccine
What are the benefits of the chicken pox vaccine
Chicken pox is a disease that is
more annoying than serious. Sometimes complications like bacterial infections
and Reye's disease may develop. It can be fatal for children with leukaemia,
suppressed immune systems, or those whose mothers had contracted the disease
just before delivering the baby.
How is the vaccine administered
Vaccination is the most effective
way of preventing this disease. The vaccine is usually administered at
12-18 months to coincide with the MMR vaccination. However, it may be given
as early as nine months. While a single vaccination is adequate for children,
a two-dose schedule is recommended for adolescents and adults.
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