varicella vaccine

What is the Varicella vaccine?

Chicken pox was once a common childhood virus and now is combated with the Varicella vaccine. The Varicella vaccine is used for the prevention and control of chickenpox as well as a defense against shingles which is a dormant virus within unvaccinated adults. In the United States the Varicella vaccine is administered in early childhood.

When traveling it is important to review your vaccination history and talk with a professional at MyConciergeMD to receive more information about the vaccination as it is a highly contagious disease that can lead to extreme discomfort.

What the vaccine protects against:

The Varicella vaccine is used as an effective and preventative measure against the Varicella zoster virus (VZV) virus responsible for the chickenpox. Developed as a herpesvirus, VZV reproduces in the lungs, causing itchy red bumps, blisters, fever, fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite. The virus is easily preventable with a proper vaccination.

Herpes zoster, or shingles, is the reactivation of VZV primarily in adults and can be brought on by stress or other environmental conditions. Shingles begins with symptoms including: headache and flu-like symptoms and can be absent of a fever. During the active stage, a painful rash develops on either the left or right side of the body.

About the injection:

The Varicella vaccine is administered by a physician at MyConciergeMD through an injection in the upper arm. We are able to accommodate adults and children 13 years and older who have not received prior vaccination receive the recommended two doses at least 28 days apart. Likewise, the Varicella vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines if you or a family member wishes to receive other vaccinations during your scheduled appointment.

Let a specialist at MyConciergeMD know if you have any prior allergic reactions to the drug or other medications before your scheduled visit. Mild side effects may include pain, redness, swelling, and rash around the injection site.

Countries where the vaccine is encouraged:

Varicella occurs worldwide, and vaccination is recommended for any foreign travel. Some nations do not practice routine Varicella vaccination and may hold a higher risk for contamination. Some of these nations include:

  • France
  • Belgium
  • United Kingdom
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Egypt
  • Thailand
  • India
  • China
  • Vietnam
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • Ireland

Consider vaccination immediately if traveling to any of these countries. Varicella is highly contagious and spreads easily especially to children and others in close quarters.

MyConciergeMD vaccine clinic

Contact a customer service representative at MyConciergeMD as soon as possible if you and your family plan on traveling internationally. For many vaccines our specialists require a visit to our Los Angeles clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your scheduled travel. We want to make sure you have the best, most enjoyable experience abroad. Often this includes preventing illnesses. We are happy to go over any information you require or review your history and family’s history of vaccinations. Call us today to schedule an appointment.Varicella va