- varicella vaccine
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
- people who live or work where exposure to chickenpox is likely, such as teachers of young children, day care employees, and residents and staff in institutional settings
- people who live or work where outbreaks of chickenpox can occur, such as college students, prison inmates and staff, and military staff
- nonpregnant women of childbearing age
- teens and adults living in households with children, since the children may pass chickenpox to them
- people with weakened immune systems, such as those who have
HIVor canceror who take medicines such as steroids or chemotherapy. A person with an immune deficiency should check with his or her healthcare professional for details, because new research findings emerge frequently.
- people who are
allergicto gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin pregnantwomen
- people who are currently ill
How is the procedure performed?
Vaccine information sheets, US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Program, [hyperLink url="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/" linkTitle="www.cdc.gov/nip/"]www.cdc.gov/nip/[/hyperLink]
The Chicken Pox Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know, American Academy of Pediatrics, [hyperLink url="http://www.aap.org/family/chckpox.htm" linkTitle="www.aap.org/family/chckpox.htm"]www.aap.org/family/chckpox.htm[/hyperLink]
Prevention of varicella: updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), MMWR 1999;48(RR-06):1-5.
Prevention of varicella: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), MMWR 1996;45(RR-11):1-43.