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Routine Varicella Vaccination

Information for Healthcare Providers


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that healthy people who do not have evidence of immunity to varicella should get vaccinated against this disease.

Routine 2-dose vaccination

  • First dose at 12 through 15 months old
  • Second dose at 4 through 6 years old

Second dose catch-up vaccination

  • Give ≥3 months after first dose for children <13 years of age

Adolescents and Adults (≥13 years old)

  • Give 2 doses 4 to 8 weeks apart
  • If it has been more than 8 weeks since the first dose, the second dose may be given without restarting the schedule

Varicella vaccination is especially important for—

  • Healthcare professionals
  • People who care for or are around immunocompromised people
  • Teachers
  • Child care workers
  • Residents and staff in nursing homes and residential settings
  • College students
  • Inmates and staff of correctional institutions
  • Military personnel
  • Women of childbearing age who are not pregnant (women should not get pregnant for 1 month after being vaccinated.)
  • Adolescents and adults living with children
  • International travelers

For more information, see the ACIP recommendations for varicella vaccination.


Varicella Vaccine Recommendations


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