The Chickenpox vaccine protects against the Varicella Zoster virus that causes the illness known as chickenpox. The Chickenpox Vaccine is not routinely offered as part of the standard childhood vaccination schedule unless someone is in close contact within their family group to a person who is particularly vulnerable to chickenpox and its complications.
Chickenpox is not usually known as a killer disease but in some serious cases, it can cause complications and occasionally even death. The illness is mainly viewed as a childhood illness but if it is contracted during adulthood, it can be far more severe and may be fatal if it develops in late pregnancy. The chickenpox vaccination can protect infants, children and adults against chickenpox and any subsequent problems associated with the disease.