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Time for a varicella vaccine?

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An effective varicella vaccine has been in existence for a long time, and many paediatricians in European countries feel frustrated that it has not already been added to routine immunisation schedules. Although chickenpox is usually mild, we can all remember horrific cases, particularly in the immunosuppressed. A single dose regime has been in use in Australia and the US for decades, but there have been concerns about its effectiveness in the real world being as low as 70–80%. Those countries have been using a single dose regime, and two doses might be expected …

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