or chickenpox, is one of the most common childhood diseases. It is caused
by the varicella-zoster virus. Most people in the United States get chickenpox
while they are still children. Until the late 1990's there were about
4 million cases a year. But now that people are using varicella vaccine,
that number has begun to drop.
vaccine is a live-virus vaccine. It has been used in some parts of the
world, such as Japan, for over 20 years. It was licensed in the United
States in 1995.
AAP Vaccine Recommendations
For healthcare providers seeking the most current status of AAP and CDC recommendations, please visit the Vaccine Status Table from Red Book Online. (Exit site)
Current policy- AAP Red Book: Recommendations for Varicella Vaccination (Log-in required, exit site)
- Background information- AAP Policy Statement: Prevention of Varicella: Update of Recommendations for Use of Quadrivalent and Monovalent Varicella Vaccines in Children (Exit Site)
Facts - What You Need to Know (PDF)
- Why get vaccinated?
- Who should get varicella vaccine and when?
- Some people should not get varicella vaccine or should wait
- What are the risks from varicella vaccine?
- What if there is a moderate or severe reaction?
Last Updated: 7/16/2012