Chickenpox is caused by the Varicella zoster virus and the varicella vaccine is taken up to prevent chickenpox. This vaccine has been successful in completely preventing chickenpox.
The varicella vaccine contains live but attenuated form of the virus that helps develop immunity to chickenpox within the individual.
The dose takes place in 2 stages: 1.The first vaccine is given up when the child has completed 1 year. 2.The second vaccine is given up at 1 year and 3 months of age.
Who is given the Varicella vaccine?
Every child who has attained 1 year of age is recommended to take up the varicella vaccine to combat chickenpox.
How it works
The killed bacteria in the vaccine helps the child in developing immunity against chickenpox without actually causing it. The vaccine is injectable.
Common side effects
The varicella vaccine has quite a few side effects: 1.Redness and soreness at the site of the injection. 2.Mild fever. 3.Muscle Pain 4.Runny and stuffy nose 5.Headache 6.Nausea 7.Fatigue