What is Chickenpox (Varicella)?
Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. “A blister-like rash comes across the body and it is common for those infected to have between 250 and 500 itchy, annoying blisters. Babies, adults, and those with a weakened immune system are at high risk. Getting the vaccination done is the best prevention. “
What is Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine and why Should Travellers get the Vaccine ?
The Chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective. The Chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective. Getting the Chickenpox vaccine can protect you against the Varicella-zoster virus. In Canada, Passport health offers the Varivax vaccine. This provides protection against Chickenpox and is approved for use in children 12 to 15 months and four to six years old.
Who Should get Chickenpox ( Varicella) Vaccine ?
Usually, children receive two doses. One is at 12 to 15 months and another is at four to six years old. The second dose can be given after at least three months, if necessary. Usually, children receive two doses. Anyone over the age of 13 who has never had chickenpox should get two doses at least 28 days apart. Individuals who had an allergic reaction to a previous dose, pregnant women and immune-compromised persons should not get the vaccine.
Chickenpox (Varicella) Symptoms
- Itchy, fluid-filled blisters
- Rash (especially on face, chest, and back)
- Fever, tiredness, loss of appetite
What can Travellers do to Prevent the Disease?
- Get the Varicella vaccine
- One dose of the vaccine should be given to ages 12 months through to 3 years of age.
- Children (4 years of age and above), adolescents and adults should get 2 doses of the vaccine.