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What is the best way to prevent chickenpox?

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Vaccination is the best way to prevent chickenpox. A chickenpox vaccine has been available in the U.S. since 1995 and is easy to get from a doctor or a public health clinic. The chickenpox vaccine is very effective at preventing the disease -- between 70% and 90% of people who get vaccinated will be completely immune to chickenpox. If a vaccinated person does get chickenpox, the symptoms will be very mild and only last for a few days.

SOURCES: CDC: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A," "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination." Medline Plus: "Chickenpox." Merck Manuals: "Chickenpox." AdultVaccination.org: "Chickenpox (Varicella)." Immunization Action Coalition: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine Questions and Answers."




Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES: CDC: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A," "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination." Medline Plus: "Chickenpox." Merck Manuals: "Chickenpox." AdultVaccination.org: "Chickenpox (Varicella)." Immunization Action Coalition: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine Questions and Answers."




Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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