Chickenpox Vaccinations for children and adults are available at Miles Pharmacy.

Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease that affects both children and adults. The Chickenpox vaccine provides the best protection against chickenpox.

What Is Chickenpox?

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and is extremely contagious. It causes an itchy blister-like rash all over  the body and face.                                                

Those at highest risk are babies, adults, and those with weakened immune.

Who Can Receive the Chickenpox Vaccine?

The NHS Chickenpox vaccine schedule consists of 2 doses. The first vaccination in children is between 12 to 15 months old and the second at four to six years old.

Anyone over 13 years old who has never had chickenpox should also get two doses (typically given 28 days apart).

Is the Chickenpox Vaccine Safe?

Yes, the chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective. Chickenpox vaccine side effect may include a sore arm or mild rash.

Chickenpox - Miles Pharmacy

Yes, the chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective. Chickenpox vaccine side effect may include a sore arm or mild rash.

Chickenpox is highly contagious at its early stages (even before symptoms appear) and spreads quickly and easily through touch or breathing viral particles. Most people will not show symptoms anywhere from 10 to 21 days after exposure.

What Are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?

Chickenpox usually last five to seven days. Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, Fluid-Filled Blisters
  • Rash (especially on face, chest and back)
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of Appetite

Severe cases of chickenpox are rare but possible. Complications can include bacterial infection, bleeding, and dehydration.

Chickenpox Do's & Don'ts

Do treat the itch.

Chickenpox is known for its irritating itchy spots that are extremely uncomfortable. The temptation to scratch the spots and relieve the itching can be overwhelming, however this can cause scarring and even infection. Using calamine lotion and taking soothing baths is the best treatment to relieve the itching and avoid scratching.

Stay Home.

Don’t send your children to school while they’re still infectious, which is when the final spot has crusted over. Chickenpox is very contagious and it’s important to protect others from exposure.

Where Can I Get the Chickenpox Vaccine?

The chickenpox vaccine is available and in-stock at our location in Epsom, servicing areas Banstead, Sutton, Stoneleigh, Cheam, Chessington, and Worcester Park. 

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