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How long is the chickenpox vaccine effective for if you got it at age 5y?

Depends. This vaccine is a modified strain of the wild varicella virus & is thought to confer lifelong immunity in 85 -90 % of kids after 1 dose. A second dose was initially recommended only to teenagers at first, but now we generally want all kids to have at least two, to pick up the stragglers with poor initial response.Long term protection is a feature of other viral vaccines. Read more...
Life long. We now recommend a booster so that you should receive 2 doses to provide lifelong immunity. After one dose many people were still getting chicken pox infection, albeit mild. Read more...

For how long will the chickenpox vaccine protect me?

20 Years or more. Since experince with this vaccine in japan for twenty years and in us for 15 years , have shown that immunity lasts gor 20 or more years, how long only experience will tell. Read more...

Is the chickenpox vaccine safe for adults to get?

Yes. Adults are prone to worse complications from the disease than children. Read more...
Chickenpox vaccine. Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is very safe. The current generation is immune to chickenpox because each have had 2 doses of the vaccine. Unvaccinated couples planning a family are advised to get immunized with the vaccine before starting pregnancy to insure the baby's safety. Chickenpox acquired by a newborn baby can be fatal. Read more...

Do you think I should get the chickenpox vaccine?

Hard to say. You gave no relevant information upon which to base a recommendation. Most adults have had the wild chickenpox and may not remember it. If you did, having the vaccine would not hurt you but it may prevent the disease if exposed. Chickenpox can be very rough on adults. Read more...

How long has the chickenpox vaccine been in the us?

Depends. We could get it on special approval from the CDC in the 80's for kids with cancer who might die if exposed/infected. The FDA held up approval of the vaccine for years until (in 1995) they found enough data to support the cost/benefit of approving and recommending the vaccine.When it came out it had the highest unit cost of routine vaccines. Read more...

I would like a chickenpox vaccine, where to get it?

Your choice. Doctor's office or ask local health department is you qualify for public health coverage. Read more...
Several Places. Your doctor, an immunizing pharmacist, or the county health department. Read more...