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Immunizing the Little Ones to Chickenpox

January 11, 2021
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It is important to keep your baby vaccinated right from birth. The right vaccines, immunizations, and flu shots must be given at the right time, in order to avoid any risks for the baby. As a baby’s immune system is still growing and not fully developed, they may be more prone to infections and diseases than adults. 

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Infections such as chickenpox, Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease, ear infections, etc. are common among children, especially kids below 5 years of age, as some of these infections are contagious. Hence, the right precautionary measures must be taken to avoid any of these potential issues among babies.


What is chickenpox?


Chickenpox is usually a mild, yet highly contagious virus, that rapidly spreads from person to person through direct contact. As chickenpox is highly contagious, there are vaccines available that help immune the body to it. It is caused by a virus.

Some of its symptoms include the following:


  • Red, itchy skin rash
  • Fever
  • Fatigue ‘
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache


Who should get the vaccine and when?

Children and adults, both must get two doses of the chickenpox vaccine. 


For Children, it is best to get their:  

1st dose from 12 months through 15 months of age 

2nd dose from 4 years to 6 years of age.  


For adults, if you haven’t got chickenpox previously, or haven’t got vaccinated, it is best to get both doses maintaining a gap of a month between the two doses. It is best advised to consult your doctor before on when to take it depending on your age and a few other circumstances. 


Side effects of Chickenpox vaccine:


Usually, the side effects of the chickenpox vaccine are mild and go away in a few days. A few such side effect may include:


  • Pain, swelling, or redness where the vaccination was given 
  • Mild rash
  • Mild fever


Although serious side effects are very rare and are mostly caused due to allergies, it is best to consult with your doctor beforehand. 


It is always safe to take all the precautionary measures beforehand, by protecting and immunizing kids at the right age from these harmful viruses like chickenpox. Vaccines are the best way to prevent the spread of these contagious viruses. It is always best to get vaccinated at the right time, without much delay, in order to contaminate the virus and keep yourself and your baby safe.

Stay healthy, stay happy!

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