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Reducing Your Risk of Chickenpox
These steps may lower a person's risk of getting chickenpox:
- Stay away from people who have chickenpox.
- Get the chickenpox vaccine.
The chickenpox vaccine is a series of two shots. It is often given to children at ages:
- 12-15 months
- 4-6 years
This may also be given to adults. It may be needed for those who never had chickenpox and were never vaccinated.
It may also be given within 3 to 5 days of being exposed to someone with chickenpox. It may be needed for those who never had chickenpox and were never vaccinated.
This is a blood product that has antibodies to the chickenpox virus. It may be given within 96 hours to a person who has been exposed to chickenpox who:
- Has a weakened immune system
- Is pregnant
- Was born to a mother who has chickenpox
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Chickenpox (varicella). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox. Accessed September 8, 2020.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Shawna Grubb, RN
- Review Date: 03/2020
- Update Date: 09/09/2020