The Importance of the Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox is usually a mild illness in children, but chickenpox in adults, teenagers, or someone with a weakened immune system can be more serious. Chickenpox is highly contagious and can easily and quickly spread from person to person.

The chickenpox vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family against chickenpox. Chickenpox infections peak between March to June and this is the right time to get the vaccine especially if you are at risk.

The importance of getting the chickenpox vaccine cannot be underestimated. It’s the best way to prevent catching and spreading chickenpox. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of getting the chickenpox vaccine.

Chickenpox Symptoms

The classic symptoms of chickenpox include:

 ·         An itchy rash all over the body (and sometimes the scalp) that turns into fluid-filled blisters and later scabs.

·         Achy body and joints

·         Fever

Who should get the chickenpox vaccine?

The NHS recommends that everyone gets two doses of the chickenpox vaccine, including children, adolescents, and adults who have never had chickenpox and were never vaccinated. Children usually receive their first dose at around 12 to 15 months of age and then the second dose at around 4 to 6 years old.

Side effects of the Chickenpox vaccine

The most common side effects of the chickenpox vaccine are mild and only last a short time.

Side effects include:

·         Sore arm at the injection site,

·         Redness where the shot was given

·         Fever

How effective is the chickenpox vaccine?

Studies have shown that 9 out of 10 children that get a single dose of the vaccination will get immunity against chickenpox. However, it is highly recommended to get 2 doses, as this provides an even better immune response.

The chickenpox vaccination has shown that it is a bit less effective if taken after childhood. It’s estimated that only three-quarters of teenagers and adults who are vaccinated will become immune to chickenpox if they take the vaccines at older ages.

Miles Pharmacy offers the chickenpox vaccination for children and adults of all ages. We have many convenient locations across South London where you can get the Chickenpox vaccine as well as many other routine and travel vaccinations to keep you healthy and safe.

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