Chickenpox vaccination has been available for many years and is part of the routine immunisation schedule in the United States and Germany. It is very safe and is 98% effective in children. Two doses are given after the age of one, given 6 weeks apart. It is only available on the NHS for specific at risk groups. It is a live vaccine and so it is preferable to give it at the same time as other live vaccines (eg MMR) but if this cannot be done, it is best to leave an interval of four weeks.
Chickenpox vaccine side effects
The most common side effect of the chickenpox vaccine is soreness and redness around the site of the injection. This happens in around one in five children and one in four teenagers and adults. A mild rash may develop in one in 10 children and one in 20 adults. Serious side effects, such as anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction), are rare. They occur in around one in a million vaccination cases. Millions of doses of the vaccine have been given and there is no evidence of any increased risk of developing a long-term health condition as a result of the vaccination. Please ask at Reception if you would like to book an appointment for this vaccination or for more information. At Chase Lodge we provide the whole range of immunisations including those not currently available on the NHS, in particular Meningitis B and BCG.