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.

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.

Contraindication to the Varivax Vaccine

  • Severe illness
  • Active tuberculosis
  • Previous varicella infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergy to gelatin or eggs
  • Allergy to neomycin
  • Bone marrow or lymphatic cancer

Where Can I Get the Vaccine?

UHCS offers the Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine. Pricing can be found on the price list page.