Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox is an airborne disease that spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. The virus is most infectious 1-2 days before the rash occurs and for around 5 days after (or until the rash crusts over). 90% of household contacts of someone infected with Chickenpox will catch the infection if they have never had it before.
There is no treatment and the majority of children will recover without any complications. If you are vulnerable to a severe infection or have never had Chickenpox, then the vaccination should be considered. It is a live-activated vaccine, so care must be taken if exposed to immuno-compromised individuals. Two doses of the vaccine provide different levels of protection in children (98%) and in adults (75%).
Two doses with an interval of four to eight weeks between them.
£ 80 per dose.
HOW IT WORKS
Around six to eight weeks before your trip, allow sufficient time to complete any necessary vaccination courses.
HAVE A FREE PERSONALISED RISK ASSESSMENT
Our expertly-trained pharmacist will guide you on the necessary vaccinations and antimalarials to consider.
GET ANY VACCINATIONS & ANTIMALARIALS YOU MAY NEED
You'll also be given additional personalised advice to help you stay healthy on your trip
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The vaccinations you need depend on your destination, planned activities, and current health status. To determine the appropriate vaccinations, consult our travel health pharmacist or book a travel health consultation online.
Ideally, you should schedule your vaccinations 4-6 weeks before departure. This allows time for vaccines to take effect and for any potential side effects to subside.
Travel vaccinations are generally safe and well-tolerated. However, like any medication, some individuals may experience side effects. Our travel health pharmacist can discuss potential side effects and precautions with you.
If you have a medical condition or are taking medications, inform our travel health pharmacist during your consultation. They can help determine the appropriateness of specific vaccines and provide personalized recommendations.
To schedule an appointment, you can book a Travel Health Consultation or book for the specific vaccine you require. Either book online or call our pharmacy, or stop by in person. Our staff will be happy to assist you in arranging a convenient time for your consultation and vaccinations.