Varicella is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This virus is contracted through airborne droplets or by direct contact with an infected individual before the onset of the rash and/or until the vesicles are crusted over. Varicella can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, and even death.
The Varivax vaccine is used to protect against chickenpox. It is effective in 70-90% of those who receive the vaccine. This vaccine requires that you have a negative blood test result for chickenpox antibodies. This requires a visit to your health care provider to determine the need for the vaccine.
Contraindication to the Varivax Vaccine
- Severe illness
- Active tuberculosis
- Previous varicella infection
- Allergy to gelatin or eggs
- Allergy to neomycin
- Bone marrow or lymphatic cancer
Where Can I Get the Vaccine?
UHCS offers the Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine. Pricing can be found on the price list page.