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Chicken Pox Vaccine

Author: Dr. Aimee Dmytryshyn, MedSchoolForParents.com Expert
The chicken pox are spread by coughing, sneezing or having direct contact with secretions from vesicles.



  • Itchy vesicles
  • Muscle pains
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Ear pain.


There are few serious implications; however, pregnant women are at risk for complications. Chicken pox is also said to be responsible for 1/3 of all strokes in children in children.
Historically, parents would purposely expose children to the chicken pox at young ages, however, we now have a vaccine to prevent complications from the contagious disease.
The Vaccine


  • The vaccine has reduced cases by 80-90%.
  • The common adverse effect is pain at the site of injection.
  • The child is given two doses: one dose at 1 year of age and then another dose  3+ months later.


Updated: 12/13/2016

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