Varicella (Chickenpox)

Varicella is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This virus is contracted through airborne droplets or by direct contact with an infected individual before the onset of the rash and/or until the vesicles are crusted over. Varicella can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, and even death.

Symptoms
  • Generalized red, itchy vesicles on the trunk and face that spread to the extremities
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
Varivax Vaccine

The Varivax vaccine is used to protect against chickenpox. It is effective in 70-90% of those who receive the vaccine. This vaccine requires that you have a negative blood test result for chickenpox antibodies. This requires a visit to your health care provider to determine the need for the vaccine.

Cost
  • $90.00 for each dose. Two doses are required to complete the series
  • $10.00 for the blood test to determine if you have had chicken pox
Contraindication to the Varivax Vaccine
  • Severe illness
  • Active tuberculosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Previous varicella infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergy to gelatin or eggs
  • Allergy to neomycin
  • Bone marrow or lymphatic cancer