provides immunity to children against illnesses like chickenpox. Here is what
parents must know about varicella vaccination.
one of the most common diseases which 90% of the people in a crowd have had is
chickenpox. However, although it is regarded to be a very common and
not-so-serious health problem many people in the earlier days have died due to
chickenpox as well. For this reason, after a lot of research, the chickenpox
vaccination was invented.
What is the chickenpox
The main reason behind chickenpox
is the Varicella-zoster virus. A very common virus, Varicella-zoster, even
spread a lot faster than a lot of other viruses. The chickenpox vaccine is
called VAR, which is nothing but the â€˜weakenedâ€™ form of the Varicella-zoster
virus. This vaccine acts as a protecting guard for the person who is exposed to
the virus anywhere. Hence, the person is very unlikely to attract the virus and
therefore, he or she will not have to undergo the painful and ugly disease
What are the benefits of VAR
Chickenpox is no joke! If a
child gets it, he or she will have to suffer a lot. With high fever and
blisters all over the face and body, chickenpox might leave beyond permanent
marks on the patientâ€™s face as well. Also, the kid will have to stay at home
for at least 10 days without his friends and school as chickenpox is highly
communicable. Hence, vaccination is beneficial.
can also be deadly at times if the disease is not treated well. Before the
vaccination was invented, almost around 10,600 hospitalisations and also 100 to
150 deaths occurred in the United States annually.
vaccine acts as a protecting guard for the children. Although it is not 100%
safe as 9 out of every 10 child can get chickenpox, still the symptoms will not
be that severe, i.e. no fever, around 50 or less blisters, and less
The vaccine also protects the children from
another similar disease called shingles. This also makes the patient suffer a
lot with painful blisters.
Who should get this VAR
This vaccination is
generally recommended for the children. Even various schools around the world
ask for a proof from the childâ€™s parents during admission that he or she has
received the VAR vaccination. Two vaccine
shots are given in two distinctive age
Between 12 to 15 months
Between 4 to 6 years
Suppose the kid did not get the
vaccine in childhood and hence, he or she can receive it at the age of 13
years. It will again be two shots and the 2nd dose should always be given after
4 weeks of giving the 1st dose.
The ones who have got only one
dose during childhood should get the second dose by this age.
Women who are planning to get
married should also do a blood test in order to know whether she is protected
against chicken pox or not.
Who should not get this
It is true that not
everyone should receive this vaccine. Who are they?
The ones who have received this
vaccination before and also suffered from allergic reactions
Some of the HIV-contaminated
If a personâ€™s immune system is not
good due to any previous illness.
A person suffering from high fever
or cold should wait until he or she gets fully cured before receiving the
What are the side effects of
Like any other
vaccination, even VAR has some mild side effects.
The vaccinated person can
find rashes on the body after one month of getting the vaccine. Very rarely
though, the person can even spread chickenpox to others.
Allergic reactions may
occur in front of the vaccine
So, if you have just delivered a
baby and you want your little one to be away from such painful illness, make
sure that he or she gets this vaccination after attaining the preferred
When is varicella vaccination given to
children? What is the importance of giving varicella vaccination to children?
What are the side-effects of varicella vaccine? Discuss
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