Feb 5, 2015: Chickenpox Vaccination in Galway

chickenpox (varicella) vaccineThe chickenpox (varicella) vaccine provides protection against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox.

What is Chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness that usually occurs in children, although adults can also be affected. It causes an itchy rash on the skin with blisters which may leave scars.

Chickenpox is transmitted by direct personal contact or by airborne means. The incubation period is usually 10-20 days. Which means a person may become infected with chickenpox, however symptoms will not appear until 10-20 days later.


A vaccine is available and is licenced for use in Ireland for children over the age of 1 year. Vaccination for chickenpox is not included in our National Immunisation Programme at present. Children can receive the vaccine from 12 months of age but ideally we wait until after the 13th month vaccines. i.e. from 14 months of age.

  • Children ages from 1 year – to 13 years – One dose will be 94% effective. To ensure optimal protection against chickenpox two doses of the vaccine should be given at least one month apart.
  • Children aged 13 years and older and adults – two doses required. Second dose is given 4-8 weeks after the first dose.

Benefits of Vaccination

  • Prevents the child being ill for two weeks – off school etc and avoids the rare but serious complications such as pneumonia, meningitis & encephalitis.
  • Avoids scarring.

Cost of Vaccination

€100 per vaccine.

If interested in scheduling an appointment with the Nurse please contact 091-862-220.


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Knocknacarra Medical Centre,

Clybaun Rd. Lower,
Knocknacarra, Co. Galway.

Tel : 091-862-220
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