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Parental opinions on childhood varicella and the varicella vaccine: a UK multicentre qualitative interview study
  1. Emily Lee,
  2. Jennifer Turner,
  3. Jessica Bate
  1. Department of Child Health, St George's University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jessica Bate, Department of Child Health, St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK; jbate{at}

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Varicella-zoster virus can cause serious complications and require hospitalisation, even in healthy children.1 2 A live attenuated varicella vaccine was developed in the 1970s and is part of routine immunisation programmes in many countries including Japan, USA and Australia. The varicella vaccine has been shown to be immunogenic, safe and tolerable.3 However, this vaccine is not given routinely in the UK and is only recommended for certain high-risk groups. The aim of this study was to explore parental experiences and perceptions of childhood varicella …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Wandsworth REC defined as service evaluation.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.