Varicella Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals
One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease
CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults to protect against chickenpox. Children should receive two doses of the vaccine—the first dose at 12 through 15 months old and a second dose at 4 through 6 years old.
Chickenpox Vaccine RecommendationsACIP vaccine recommendations and the contraindications and precautions for varicella vaccination
About the VaccineInformation about varicella vaccine composition, dosage, and administration as well as vaccine effectiveness and duration of protection
Storage and HandlingGeneral information about vaccine storage and handling as well as varicella-specific storage practices and guidelines
Administering the VaccineAdministering varicella with other vaccines, VIS and possible vaccine administration errors
References and ResourcesMaterials for patients and resources for providers
You Call the Shots
You Call the Shots is an interactive, training course. It consists of a series of modules that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use. Each module provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary.
The "Pink Book" contains the most comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
Six reference appendices include: vaccine minimum ages and intervals, current and discontinued vaccines, vaccine contents, foreign vaccine terms, and more.
- Page last reviewed: November 22, 2016
- Page last updated: November 22, 2016
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