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Chicken Pox Posted on 3 Aug 2016

There has been a lot of patients contacting the practice regarding the Chicken Pox vaccination.

There is a chickenpox vaccine, but it is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule. The vaccine is only offered to children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to chickenpox complications.

The recommended two doses of the vaccine is estimated to offer 98% protection from chickenpox in children and 75% protection in adolescents and adults.

So it may be possible to develop the infection after vaccination. Similarly, there is a chance that someone who has received the vaccine could develop chickenpox after coming in close contact with a person who has shingles.

Please see link below from the NHS Choice website for more information regarding Chicken Pox. 

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/Pages/Introduction.aspx 

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