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How is the chickenpox vaccine given?

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The vaccine is given in two doses. A child should have the first shot at ages 12-18 months. The second shot should be given at ages 4-6 years. Older children and adults should have two shots, with 4 to 8 weeks between the first and second shot.

From: Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Chickenpox Vaccine."

Immunization Action Committee: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

CDC web site: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q & A."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Chickenpox Vaccine."

Immunization Action Committee: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

CDC web site: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q & A."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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