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Chicken Pox (Varicella) vaccine

Chicken Pox (Varicella) vaccine

Chicken pox is a disease that is more annoying than serious. It can be fatal for children with leukaemia, suppressed immune systems, or those whose mothers had contracted the disease just before delivering the baby. Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing this disease.
Giving chicken pox vaccination to children is a must. This vaccine can help to prevent this disorder in children to a greater extent. Coping with this disease is not easy and therefore, it is better to get the child vaccinated against it.

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.

What are the side effects of chicken pox vaccination?

Sever side-effects are very rare in case of this vaccination. The child may experience some common symptoms like pain or redness near the area where the shot was given. Symptoms like swelling or rash may also appear near that area.

Is chicken pox vaccination effective?

Although, chicken pox vaccine is very effective, there are 2% chances of the vaccinated child getting affected with this disorder. But due to the effect of the vaccination even if the child gets affected the symptoms will be less severe. The blisters may be milder and may heal faster.

What to do if the chicken pox vaccination is missed?

If chicken pox vaccination is not given to a child as per the schedule due to some reasons, you must consult a paediatrician. Usually, if the vaccination is missed it can be given any time but it should be given after consulting a paediatrician. He or she is the right person to guide you in case of the missed vaccinations.

Do older children need chicken pox vaccination?

Children who are above 13 years of age who have never received any vaccination for chicken pox may require two doses of this vaccination. There should be a gap of at least 28 days between the two doses. Before giving this vaccination, it is a must to talk to the paediatrician and seek his or her advice.

Can pregnant women take chicken pox vaccination?

Chicken pox vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy as its effect on the unborn baby is unknown. If a woman has taken chicken pox vaccination, she is advised to wait for at least one month before conceiving.

When is chicken pox vaccination not advisable?

In rare cases some individuals may show severe allergic reaction to chicken pox vaccination. The next dose of such vaccine may not be advisable in such people. It is not advisable to take this vaccination even in case of any illness when the vaccination is scheduled. This vaccination can be taken when the person recovers completely from the illness.
It is also not advisable to take this vaccination if the person is suffering from cancer or undergoing a treatment for cancer, he or she is suffering from HIV or AIDS or any other immune deficiency disease. Chicken pox vaccination should not be taken if the person is taking drugs affecting immune system or has undergone blood transfusion.

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Erwin Alber
Erwin Alber.9 years ago
In the USA, the chickenpox vaccine is now causing an epidemic of shingles in children and adults.
Chicken pox vaccine associated with shingles epidemic
Published on September 1, 2005
New research published in the International Journal of Toxicology (IJT) by Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D., reveals high rates of shingles (herpes zoster) in Americans since the government's 1995 recommendation that all children receive chicken pox vaccine.

I have yet to see any evidence which shows that vaccinations are of any benefit to anyone except the people who profit from this ugly and brutal money-making racket.

Vaccines are neither safe nor effective and are completely unnecessary for a child's health and development.

The DPT vaccine and the genetically engineered hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are probably the worst vaccines of the lot, but all vaccines are highly toxic and only cause harm, such as ear infections, allergies, asthma, eczema, diabetes, neurological disorders including ADHD,autism and other developmental problems, cancer and many other disorders, as well as death.

Parents who want healthy children should therefore keep them vaccine-free. "Vaccines contain substances which are so noxious that they should not ever be injected into a human body." Dr Viera Scheibner PhD, Australia

"Belief in immunization is a form of delusional insanity."
Dr Herbert Shelton, USA

For further information, visit the 'Vaccination Information Network' (VINE) on Facebook.
Shamina.11 years ago
my son had got chicken pox at the age of 4. the marks have still not gone? is there anyway, to remove those marks?
Bharta Kumar Nayyar
Bharta Kumar Nayyar.11 years ago
apply neem leaves and turmeric powder paste on the marks.
chicken oxsp
chicken oxsp.11 years ago
possible to get a reaction from a chicken pox vaccine 3 weeks after shot?
saraswathy.11 years ago
apply vitamin e oil
LeeLaa.11 years ago
vzv is a serious virus. it can easily escalate into something more serious. ensure your child's nails are clipped as strep a infection can occur if the child itches with dirty nails. watch fevers if they are over 101.

Sajit.11 years ago
application of sandalwood oil ( and not the paste ) right from the first day of appearance of rash till the fall of scabs helps prevent the pox marks.
application of vitamin e oil over the skin has a healing effect.
honey smeared over the skin will help in healing the disease.
lukewarm water baths with neem leaves helps in relieving itching.
a bath of oatmeal is considered a natural remedy to relieve the itch due to chicken pox.
jenny pordon
jenny pordon.11 years ago
i would like to ask how to remove the marks of chicken pox... what are the medicine can help to avoid the chicken pox mark all around the body can you please email me at
jenny pordon
jenny pordon.11 years ago
hi again i am now 21 years old.. it is possible to remove the chicken pox mark and scars for how long... it is applicable to apply the oloe vera? what is the fastest way to remove the mark.. can you plz help me ...
Doctor Morgan
Doctor Morgan.11 years ago
to releve chickenpox prepare a bath with the following:
salt lots of it
bicab of soda half a cup
detox a cap full
tea tree oil pure essence a few drops.
administer an antihistamine.
send to bed after giving vitamin c 500ml.
hey presto no itching + fast recovery.
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