Is there a vaccine for chicken pox?

Yes there is. Yes there is a Vaccine for Chicken Pox and is given to children at age of 12to18 months and booster at 4to6 years age.
Yes. Varicella or chicken pox vaccine is a required childhood vaccine. Immunization is usually done at ages 12 to 18 months with a booster between 4 and 6 years of age. It is a live virus vaccine. The only reasons not to get the vaccine are current pregnancy, allergy to gelatin (a gelatin free vaccine is available) or neomycin, immunodeficiency or immunosuppression due to disease or medication.
Yes. This vaccine is typically given at the 1 year and 5 year check up. It may be referred to as the varicella vaccine, which is the medical name for chicken pox.
No. Yes. The vaccine, called varivax has been available for many years. It is given at the 12 month baby check up with a booster given at age 4 years.

Related Questions

Is it safe to get a vaccine for chicken pox?

Yes. The present Cpx vaccine was first developed in Japan & used there for years (~16) before it was licensed here for general use.Stringent safety requirements of the FDA were met early on but a favorable cost/benefit was not worked out until later.Before the vaccine, Cpx deaths ~50/yr and hospitalizations 10K/yr, now both are rare. A few patients get a mild rash with blisters after the shot. . Read more...

What do you recommend if I had a vaccine for chicken pox as my son has them. I have a few spots - could I have them?

That is possible. Even if you have been vaccinated - it is not a guarantee that you are fully protected against chicken pox. Read more...
Prophylaxis. Mild symptoms of varicella following vaccination can occur for a few reasons: exposure to the natural virus before immunity was established from vaccination, poor immune response to the vaccination, or breakthrough varicella (approximately 8% of vaccinated people will develop less than 50 varicella lesions up to 6 weeks following vaccination). Treatment is supportive. Read more...

Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Vaccine rash. There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since the weakened virus does not have the same potency.The blisters of wild cpx often average about 200 while with the vaccine rash often has less than 15.Protection from future cpx is assured. Read more...

Do I need to get a chicken pox vaccine?

Depends. I'm assuming your not asking for yourself (a 26yo in the school and college system is required to have boosters on certain vaccinations). Otherwise blood serum can be checked for protective levels of varicella antibodies. If low..then boostering can be ordered. Secondly..is it needed? Is the person immunocompromised, very elderly etc. Read more...

How long does chicken pox vaccine last?

Unclear. Initially thought o be lifetime, than appeared to wane so recommendation for 2nd shot, unknown how long immunity really lasts. Read more...

How long does the chicken pox vaccine lasts?

Hard to say. Since it has only been in wide use in the us since the mid 90's, we don't have enough long term data available to be sure.Most research suggests that completion of the two dose series will produce lifeling immmunity in >95% of recipients. Read more...

Does everyone need to get chicken pox vaccine?

Chickenpox vaccine. Yes. It helps prevent the complications of chickenpox - infection by the flesh-eating bacteria. Read more...
Depends. U need the shot unless you are sure you had CP as a child..Some who had it before 1yr of age or who have immune problems may have minimal protection & need a shot. As you age, natural immunity may wain enough that your previous infection comes out of hibernation as shingles. A high potency shingles vaccine can boost immunity for this group. Read more...