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  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Vaccine Recommendations

How important is it to vaccinate older children and adults?

It is critical to vaccinate susceptible older children and adults whenever the opportunity arises. With younger children being routinely vaccinated, the chance of being exposed to cases of chickenpox is decreasing. Older children, adolescents, and adults who have not had chickenpox now have a greater chance of remaining susceptible. These older individuals, when they contract chickenpox, are more likely to become seriously ill and have disease complications than younger children.

Last reviewed: May 16, 2023

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