Varicella (chickenpox)

Varicella (chickenpox)


Varicella Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS)


What is Varicella (Chickenpox)?

Commonly referred to as chickenpox, varicella is a common type of childhood disease. In most cases, it is mild, but can become serious, especially in adults or young infants. This disease results in tiredness, fever, itching and a rash. In severe cases, it can result in scars, pneumonia, brain damage and even death. The majority of people who receive this vaccine will not develop chickenpox.

Who needs the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccination? When?

Children who have never had chickenpox should get two doses of the vaccine between the ages of 12 to 15 months and between the ages of four and six. People who are over the age of 13 need to get two doses at a minimum of 28 days apart.

What are the risks of the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine?

The risks with this vaccine are low and rarely cause serious harm. In some cases, swelling and soreness will occur, but other issues may be a fever or mild rash. If the reaction is severe, then the person should seek the treatment of a doctor right away.

How can I learn more about the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.