Chickenpox Vaccination is available now, at Your Doctor Tring, Henlow & Wexham Clinics. Contact us to book Chickenpox or other vaccinations today.
What is Chickenpox, and why should I get my child vaccinated?
Most people will catch chickenpox at some time during childhood, and will experience an itchy, spotty rash, which develops over the course of the illness into fluid-filled blisters and then into scabs. Children suffering with chickenpox can also feel tired and unwell, have a high temperature, lose their appetite and have painful muscles and headache.
The chickenpox vaccine contains a small amount of a weakened version of the virus that causes the illness, and stimulates the body to produce antibodies to protect against chickenpox. 90% of children who receive a single dose of the vaccine will develop immunity, and an even better response is seen when the recommended two doses are given.
Where is the vaccination injection site?
The chickenpox vaccination is given as two separate injections into the upper arm, one to two months apart.
Are there any side effects to the chickenpox vaccine?
Any side effects to the chickenpox vaccine are generally extremely mild and pass within a couple of days. These can include a temperature, redness or itching where the injection has been given, and sometimes mild cold or chickenpox-like symptoms.
Who can have the chickenpox vaccine?
The chickenpox vaccination is safe for adults and children over 1 year. It is not quite as effective when given after childhood, however 75% of people who are vaccinated as adults or teenagers will still develop chickenpox immunity.
Is the chickenpox vaccine available via the NHS?
The chickenpox vaccine is currently only available on the NHS to people who are in close contact with someone who is especially vulnerable to chickenpox or its complications - for example a child who has a sibling with Leukaemia. Children are not routinely vaccinated against chickenpox via the NHS vaccination programme.
How much does the chickenpox vaccine cost?
The chickenpox vaccine costs £95 per dose at Your Doctor clinics, and two doses (not less than a month apart) are required. Your Doctor members receive a discount on vaccinations.
Chickenpox Vaccinations are available at all of our clinics:
Your Doctor Wexham: Park Hall Clinic, Wexham Park Hall, Wexham Street, Bucks SL3 6NB.
Your Doctor Tring: Health & Wellbeing Centre, Champneys Tring, Chesham Road, Wigginton, Herts, HP23 6HY.
Your Doctor Henlow: Champneys Henlow, Coach Road, Henlow, Beds, SG16 6BT.
Contact us to book your appointment, or to ask about our other services.