First licensed in the United States in 1995, the live, Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox.
A booster dose was added to the immunization schedule in 2006, to help prevent breakthrough infections.
Now all children get their first dose of the Varicella vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, with a booster dose when they are four to six years old.
For more information:
- Ask the Experts about Varicella Vaccines
- Varicella Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
- Varicella VIS
- Varicella ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
- Pinkbook – Varicella
- FDA – Varivax (package insert)
- FDA – ProQuad (package insert)
- A Look at Each Vaccine : Varicella
- History of the Varicella Vaccines