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Varicella disease or commonly known as Chickenpox is a highly common infection observed in children.

It is usually milder but can turn severe in some cases, especially in young infants as well as adults with imperiled immunity. The common symptoms of chickenpox are
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

In rare cases, it might lead to critical skin infection, permanent scars, brain damage, pneumonia, or even death. The virus that causes chickenpox is called Varicella-zoster, and most people catch the infection during their childhood. If a person hasn’t had chickenpox as a child, it can still be caught in adulthood.
It spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing, and that’s why Chickenpox Vaccination is essential. The chickenpox vaccination belongs to a group of vaccines known as ‘live’ vaccines. This means that it holds a small portion of the inactivated virus which causes chickenpox which, causes your immune system to respond to the vaccine. As a result, you’ll be immune to this infection if you come in contact with the Varicella-zoster virus at a later stage.

How is it administered?

The vaccine is usually administered in two doses to ensure you remain protected. The second vaccine should be administered at least four but no later than eight weeks after you have received your first vaccine.

Who should get vaccinated?

  • Children under the age of 13 years should undergo
  • All adults who have never had chickenpox since childhood and or were not vaccinated against chickenpox.
  • Adults who are at greater risk of exposure should especially consider the vaccination. They include health care workers, teachers, daycare workers, and college students.

Why is the Chickenpox Vaccination important?

The vaccine reduces the possibility of getting chickenpox tremendously. Vaccinated individuals who get infected are expected to experience a milder form of the disease than those who are not vaccinated.

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