The chickenpox vaccine is your best defence against chickenpox. It is available as a combination vaccine, known as MMRV, which is suitable for those under 14 years of age, or as a single vaccine providing protection only against chickenpox, which is recommended for those over the age of 14.
All those under the age of 19 can receive the vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program Schedule. The vaccines are also available with a prescription for anyone older.
Pregnancy and the chickenpox vaccine
If you are planning on getting pregnant and not sure about your immunity against chickenpox, come in and see us; a simple blood test will determine whether you need the vaccine. If you do, you’ll need to wait 28 days after receiving the vaccine before falling pregnant.
If you are already pregnant but not immunised, it is recommended that you avoid anyone you know has the chickenpox virus. Come in and see us if you have any queries.
What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox is an extremely contagious viral disease caused by the varicella virus. It is easily spread by contact with an infected person, or by fluid droplets in the air when they cough or sneeze. A person who has chickenpox can be contagious from two days before the first rash appears until the last blisters have dried up.
Symptoms include mild fever, drowsiness and irritability, itchiness and rash.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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