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How can I prevent chickenpox?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be immunized with the varicella zoster vaccine to prevent chicken pox usually after the age of 1. A second dose, typically given at about age 4 or 5, is needed for full protection.

SOURCES: 

World Health organization.  

March of Dimes.  

Centers for Disease Control. 

Cohen & Powderly: Infectious Diseases, Elsevier, 2004 2nd ed.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: 

World Health organization.  

March of Dimes.  

Centers for Disease Control. 

Cohen & Powderly: Infectious Diseases, Elsevier, 2004 2nd ed.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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