Chickenpox – Did you know there is a vaccine for that?

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Vaccines or needles are the best way to protect children against some very serious infections.

The first dose of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine is given to children after their first birthday. The second dose is given in combination with the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine between ages 4 to 6. http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/chickenpox.

The vaccine is available at no charge to children born on or after January 1, 2000.
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/immune/varicella.aspx

Children with chicken pox will feel flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, mild headache, fever up to 39°C (102°F), chills and muscle or joint aches a day or two before the itchy, red rash appears.

Chicken pox is extremely contagious. It spreads very quickly from person to person. A pregnant woman with chicken pox can pass it on to her unborn baby before birth.

A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination- a great resource.
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/iyc-vve/pgi-gpv/assets/pdf/pgi-gpv-eng.pdf

You should always discuss the benefits and risks of any vaccine with your doctor/nurse practitioner or local public health unit.

Call the immunization intake line at 519 355 1071 ext. 5900 for more information on how we can help you.

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