Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine – Recommendations - Immunization
 
CHICKENPOX OR VARICELLA VACCINE
Last Updated : 2/1/2016
Sayenna Uduman
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Recommendations for Immunization
All healthy children routinely should receive the first dose of varicella-containing vaccine at 12 through 15 months of age. The second dose of vaccine is recommended routinely when children are 4 through 6 years of age i.e., before a child enters kindergarten or first grade but can be administered at an earlier age.
• Because of the rare possibility of developing a febrile convulsion after the first dose of MMRV vaccine in children 12 through 15 months of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a choice of either MMR plus monovalent varicella vaccine for toddlers receiving their first immunization of this kind.
• For the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age, combination MMRV generally is preferred over MMR plus monovalent varicella, to minimize the number of injections
A catch-up second dose of varicella vaccine should be offered to all children 7 years and older who have received only 1 dose. A routine health maintenance visit at 11 through 12 years of age is recommended for all adolescents to evaluate immunization status and administer necessary vaccines, including the varicella vaccine.
Healthy individuals > 12 years of age without evidence of immunity should receive two 0.5-mL doses of monovalent varicella vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. is based on the design of the studies evaluating 2 doses in this age group. Only monovalent varicella vaccine is recommended for use in this age group.

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Sayenna Uduman
Sayenna A Uduman MD, FAAP
Visiting Professor, Infection Control Committee & ID Division of the KIMS
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India


First Created : 1/3/2001
Last Updated : 2/1/2016

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