Updated: December 4, 2017
It is important that children, especially infants and young children, receive recommended immunizations on time. Vaccines also protect teenagers and adults to keep them healthy throughout their lives.
Chickenpox is caused by varicella zoster virus. It is aso called varicella and is characterized by itchy red blisters that appear all over the body. The most common symptom of chickenpox is an itchy rash that turns into fluid-filled blisters and spreads all over the body. Other typical symptoms that may begin to appear 1 to 2 days before the rash include high fever, tiredness, loss of appetite and headache. The infection will have to be in your body for around seven to 21 days before the rash and other symptoms develop.
Chickenpox is very contagious and spreads easily from infected people. It can spread from either a cough or a sneeze. It can also spread by contact with virus particles that come from the blisters on the skin, either by touching them or by breathing in virus particles.
A person who has had chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later.
There are two type of vaccines available for chickenpox. These are
can prevent chickenpox. Most people will not get chickenpox if they are vaccinated. But in case if someone get chickenpox despite of taking vaccine, it will be very mild with fewer blisters, are less likely to have a fever, and will recover faster.
The timing of these doses depends on the age of the individuals. It may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
You should check with your doctor before taking the vaccine if you have any of these below health condition:
A vaccine can cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Reactions are usually more likely after the first dose than the second one. The risk include:
Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These would start a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination. If you have severe allergic reaction, very high fever, or behavior changes , call 9-1-1 or find the nearest hospital.
The reaction should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) through the VAERS website or by calling 1-800-822-7967. VAERS is only for reporting reactions. They do not give medical advice.
If you are injured by a vaccine, you can file a claim in National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) by calling 1-800-338-2382 or visiting the VICP website to get the compensation.