Get the Chickenpox Vaccine in London
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is presently only provided on the NHS to individuals who are in contact with anybody that is vulnerable. At Duncans Pharmacy, we have made it possible to access the chickenpox vaccine in London.
Who is at risk of getting chickenpox?
Chickenpox is an ordinary childhood infection, however, it’s normally mild with rare complications. Nearly all children develop immunity to chickenpox after infection, so most are only infected once. However, the condition may be more serious in adults.
Particular groups of individuals are more at risk of severe chickenpox complications. These include:
- Anyone whose immune system is weak as a result of diseases such as HIV, or are undergoing chemotherapy
- Pregnant women – chickenpox can be severe for an unborn baby in case the mother is exposed. It can lead to serious birth defects, as well as serious health complications to the baby after birth.
Who should get the chickenpox vaccine?
The chickenpox vaccine is recommended for particular individuals, such as:
- Non-immune healthcare providers
- Individuals who relate closely or live with someone who has a weak immune system. This is to reduce the chances of infecting anyone’s who is at risk. For instance, if you’re undergoing chemotherapy, it’s recommended that non-immune children near you should be given the chickenpox vaccine.
How does the chickenpox vaccine work?
The chickenpox vaccine is a live vaccine. It, therefore, has a tiny amount of weakened chickenpox-causing virus. Consequently, the vaccine helps your immune system to generate antibodies that offer protection.
How the chickenpox vaccine administered?
Normally, the vaccine is given separately as two injections i.e. on the upper arm, 4 to 8 weeks apart.
Our highly experienced pharmacists can administer the Chickenpox vaccine in London. Simply contact us today to book yours.