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Who should get a vaccine for chickenpox?

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All babies and young children should get vaccinated against chickenpox. Other vulnerable people, including women who’ve not had chickenpox and who plan to become pregnant, should also get the shot. Women who are already pregnant can’t get the chickenpox vaccine.

A similar vaccine -- but in a higher dose -- is also available for the elderly who already had chickenpox to prevent painful outbreaks of shingles. If you’re over 65, ask your doctor if the shots can help you.

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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