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Vaccination for Varicella (Chickenpox)
This vaccine is given mainly to Health-Care Workers who do not have a history of having had a Chickenpox infection in childhood and who test negative for the disease on blood testing. Two doses of vaccine given at least one month apart leads to life-long immunity.
More information on who should receive this vaccine is available here in the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland. Although this vaccine is used from age 1 year and above, in our clinic we feel it is appropriate that patients under the age of 16 years be given this vaccine by their General Practitioner. In our clinic, we restrict ourselves to administering this vaccines to those aged 16 years and above only.