Varicella (Chickenpox Vaccine) FAQs

Q: What is Varicella?

A: Varicella, also commonly referred to as “chickenpox”, is an acute and highly contagious disease. It is caused by primary infection with the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Varicella occurs worldwide and in the absence of a vaccination programme, affects nearly every person by mid-adulthood.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the vaccine?

A: One dose of the vaccine is given to persons between the ages of 1 – 12 years old. Two doses are given to persons above 12 years old, at a one month interval.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Side effects may include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre.