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Can chickenpox be prevented?

Chickenpox can be prevented with a vaccine called Varivax. It is a 2-vaccine series. Babies can receive this vaccine between the ages of 12 and 15 months and need another dose at around 4 years of age as per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination schedule. It is also recommended for unvaccinated young children who have not had chickenpox and adults who are at high risk of exposure. Adults who qualify include healthcare workers, those in the military or who are planning to travel outside of the country, and women of childbearing age. Talk to your family doctor to see if you would benefit from being vaccinated against chickenpox.

Chickenpox can be prevented in most cases by a vaccine. Even if the vaccine does not completely prevent the disease, it is likely to reduce the severity of it greatly. Doctors recommend that children receive two doses of the vaccine (one at 12 -15 months and another at 4 - 6 years). They also believe that adults who have never had chickenpox before and who work in contagious situations (in schools, hospitals, etc.) should receive the vaccine.

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