Most children commonly contract chickenpox from other kids at school or the playground. The disease is caused by the Varicella virus and can also infect adults. Protect yourself from this disease by getting your shots at Urgent Way’s six convenient locations. We require no appointments and you will be taken care of in no time.
What is Varicella?
Varicella is another name for the common viral disease known as chickenpox. The highly contagious disease has symptoms that include fever, headache, sore throat, and possibly a stomach ache. These symptoms are then followed by red, itchy skin rash that can cover all parts of the body.
How and when is the Varicella vaccine given?
The Varicella vaccine has become a routine immunization children receive in the early years of their lives. As with other vaccines, two doses are administered to children. The first is given between 12 and 15 months of age and the second is given before the start of kindergarten.
Who requires the Varicella vaccine?
Young adults aged 13 years and older who have never been immunized against chickenpox should receive the two doses at least 28 days apart.
Because the disease is highly contagious, it is important you be vaccinated if:
- You are a healthcare worker
- Work in a nursing home or are a caregiver for the elderly
- Are a teacher or day care worker
- Work in a correctional institution
- Are military personnel
- Are planning to travel abroad