Immunization Schedule, Children (cont.)
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 can be spread from person to person through the air or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
- This vaccine is recommended for children who have not had chickenpox, in order to minimize their chances of getting the disease and its complications. Children who receive the vaccine may still get the disease, but it is usually milder (with fewer skin lesions, quicker recovery time, and lower chance for complications).
- The vaccine can be given after the age of 1 year. Those who are 13 years or older should receive
two doses at least four weeks apart.
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