The chickenpox, also known as varicella, vaccine is used to prevent chickenpox. It can also be administered as part of a combination vaccine known as MMRV, which also includes the MMR vaccination. The CDC recommends that children younger than 13 years old receive the vaccination in two doses: the first dose at age 12-15 months and the second between the ages of 4-6 years old.
The vaccination is also recommended for children older than 13 years and adults who have never had the chickenpox virus. The two doses should be administered at least 28 days apart.
The expert staff at each Physicians Immediate Care clinic can administer the chickenpox immunization to both children and adults. We can also diagnose symptoms and prescribe treatment for anyone who has contracted the chickenpox virus.
Symptoms of Chickenpox
- Loss of appetite
The rash appears after the infection has been in your body for at least seven days. There are usually three stages of the rash: small red bumps, followed by fluid-filled blisters, and finally scabs.
The rash usually lasts for five to 10 days and causes an itching sensation before the blisters begin to scab. If you suspect your child may have contracted chickenpox, stop by any Physicians Immediate Care clinic near you immediately. You can also reserve your time online to help streamline your visit.
Once the chickenpox virus has been contracted, it is important to limit interaction with others as it is highly contagious. Our doctors may prescribe antihistamine medications to help manage the symptoms. We also recommend taking lukewarm baths, wearing loose fitting clothing, and using unscented lotion to relieve itching skin. You can also contact us anytime for additional information.
For more information on this vaccine please visit the CDC.