Chickenpox Vaccine

The Chickenpox Vaccine, also known as the Varicella Vaccine, is a highly effective way to prevent Chickenpox. The vaccine contains a weakened form of the virus that helps the body develop immunity to the disease without causing illness.

Chickenpox Varicella Vaccine

Some important things to know about the Chickenpox Vaccine:

How Does It Work?

  • The Chickenpox Vaccine contains a weakened form of the varicella virus, which stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can protect against future infections.

Who Should Get the Vaccine?

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of the Chickenpox Vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults who have never been infected with Chickenpox before or were not vaccinated. Children are routinely recommended to receive the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

Vaccine Effectiveness

  • The vaccine is highly effective at preventing Chickenpox. Studies have shown that the vaccine reduces the risk of getting Chickenpox by about 90% and the risk of severe Chickenpox by about 95%.

Risks of a Vaccine Reaction

  • The Chickenpox Vaccine is generally safe and well-tolerated. Common side effects include soreness at the injection site, fever, and a mild rash.

Information about Available Vaccines

  • In India, there are several brands of Chickenpox Vaccine available. Some of the commonly available ones include Nexipox, Variped, and Varilrix.
  • However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate vaccine for you or your child.
Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) recommended immunization schedule for children aged 0 through 18 years - India, 2016 and updates on immunization – 27th August 2016.