vaccine is now available to prevent chickenpox: the Varivax III.
It can be given to babies after they are a year old, and to
adults who have never had chickenpox.
Babies and children need a single shot; teens 13 and over, and
need two shots 4 to 8 weeks apart.
well does it work?
the Varivax III vaccine prevents about 80% of all chickenpox,
95% of severe chickenpox.
People who get chickenpox even though they have received the
We do not know if the vaccine is life-long or not, so a booster
be needed in the future.
You can get a rash, or a few chickenpox marks where the vaccine
injected; sometimes there is fever, for which Tylenol should be given.
vaccine must be kept cold, otherwise it won’t work.
Please order Varivax at your pharmacy ahead of time,.
The pharmacist will give you a cold pack for it.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended this
vaccine for all
persons who have never had chickenpox.
you have any further questions, please ask me.
Greiver, M.D., C.C.F.P.