Chickenpox/Varicella Vaccine

What You Need to Know

Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. This disease used to be very common in the United States. Each year, it caused about 4 million cases, about 10,600 hospitalizations and 100 to 150 deaths.

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Two doses of the vaccine are about 90% effective at preventing chickenpox. When you get vaccinated, you protect yourself and others in your community. This is especially important for people who cannot get vaccinated, such as those with weakened immune systems or pregnant women.

Some people who are vaccinated against the disease may still get it. However, it is usually milder with fewer blisters and little or no fever. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about this vaccine.

This vaccine also reduces the incidence of “shingles”, a debilitating illness, in both children, adolescents and adults,

Who Should Get the Chickenpox Vaccine?

CDC recommends two doses of the vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults. Children should receive two doses of the vaccine—the first dose at 12 through 15 months old and a second dose at 4 through 6 years old.

Children under age 13 years should get two doses.

  • First dose at age 12 to 15 months
  • Second dose at age 4-6 years
    (The second dose may be given at an earlier age if it is given at least 3 months after the first dose.)

People 13 years of age and older who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccine should get two doses, at least 28 days apart.

Rainbow Pediatrics strives to provide our patients with the best and most comprehensive pediatric care possible from birth through college. 

From preventative visits to unique health challenges, Rainbow's pediatricians are prepared to treat your child with the friendly, expert care you want and deserve.

We strive to be the community leader in pediatric health each day by delivering a level of care that's second-to-none in Central Ohio. That's why families trust our experienced team to care for their loved ones from infancy to early adulthood.