Chickenpox vaccine is administered to protect a person from contracting chickenpox, caused due to varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox is contagious and causes blisters in the body along with fever.

A vaccine is a form of live, attenuated, immunogenic and an avirulent form of the virus rendering the person administered not to contract the disease again.

Chickenpox is generally mild, but it can be serious in infants under 12 months of age, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and people with poor immune systems.

The disease can emancipate severe complications to all age groups ranging from children to adults. Since it is highly contagious, it can spread through air droplet infections such as cough and sneeze.

The infection is characterized by rashes and blisters throughout the body, headache, cough, anxiety and discomfort. The children under the age of 13 are vaccinated twice administering two doses, first dose for 12-15 months and second dose for 4-6 years.

Signs And Symptoms:

Fever

Tiredness

Loss of appetite

Headache

Treatment:

If the temperature is high mild dose of medication is given, which also helps to ease pain caused due to sores.

Calamine lotions and antihistamines are suggested to provide relief from rashes.

Who Needs Immunization

People in healthcare, defence personnel, students, travellers and persons who are immune-compromised or who have a weaker immune system.

People with immune-compromised individuals with HIV, cancer and steroid-dependent, need varicella vaccine.