Article Text

other Versions

Download PDFPDF
Time for a varicella vaccine?

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

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 …

View Full Text


  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.