Varicella Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals
Latest publication: The Varicella Vaccination Program in the United States: 25 Years of Saving Lives and Preventing Illness | Journal of Infectious Diseases | November 1, 2022.
Infographic: Chickenpox Vaccine Saves Lives Infographic
CDC recommends 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults to protect against varicella. Children are routinely recommended to receive the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years old.
ACIP vaccine recommendations and the contraindications and precautions for varicella vaccination
Information about varicella vaccine composition, dosage, and administration, as well as vaccine effectiveness and duration of protection
General information about vaccine storage and handling, as well as varicella-specific storage practices and guidelines
Administering varicella with other vaccines and possible vaccine administration errors
Materials for patients and resources for providers
You Call the Shots is an interactive, web-based immunization 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.