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Child Immunization



Varicella Immunization


Varicella Immunization

Indications for Varicella Immunization :

Age 12-18 months :
One dose of varicella vaccine is recommended for universal immunization for all healthy children who lack a reliable history of varicella.

Age 19 months to the 13th birthday :
Vaccination of susceptible children is recommended and may be given any time during childhood but before the 13th birthday because of the potential increased severity of natural varicella after this age. Susceptibility is defined by lack of proof of either varicella vaccination or a reliable history of varicella disease. A single vaccine dose is recommended.

Healthy adolescents and young adults :
Healthy adolescents past their 13th birthday who have not been immunized previously and have no history of varicella infection should be immunized against varicella by administration of two doses of vaccine 4 to 8 weeks apart.Longer intervals between doses do not necessitate a third dose, but may leave the individual unprotected during the intervening months.

All susceptible children aged 1 year to 18 years old who are in direct contact with people at high risk for varicella related complications (eg, immuno compromised individuals) and who have not had a documented case of varicella.


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