National Immunisation Program: South Australia Schedule
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National Immunisation Program: South Australia Schedule - childhood and adolescent/adult schedule - age, dose, antigen, vaccine brand name
The chickenpox vaccine helps to protect you against chickenpox (varicella). Chickenpox can cause fever, irritability, fluid filled blisters on the skin numbering from 200 to 500, meningitis, bacterial skin infection, and complications in the baby if a woman has chickenpox during pregnancy.
The vaccine contains a small amount of the live virus.
Some people may not be able to receive a live vaccine for medical reasons, please discuss with your doctor or immunisation provider for further information.
Chickenpox vaccine also comes in a combination form called measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) combination vaccine.
The chickenpox vaccine is free for children at 18 months as part of the National Immunisation Program and is given in a combination vaccine with measles, mumps and rubella.
The chickenpox vaccine is also recommended if you are not vaccinated or have not been medically diagnosed with chickenpox and you are:
Chickenpox vaccine is given as an injection into the top of the arm.
Like any medications, the chickenpox vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
Rare or very rare (<0.1%) side effects can include:
If you are concerned or worried, seek further advice from your doctor, immunisation provider, SA Health’s Immunisation Section or healthdirect Australia.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to SA Health.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.