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  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Scheduling Vaccines

I work in employee health. Several hospital employees have told me they have had chickenpox, but their titers show no antibodies. Should I offer varicella vaccination to them even though they insist they’ve had the illness?

If you cannot verify a healthcare employee’s history of chickenpox, the employee should receive 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart. For details, refer to pages 16 and 26 of the CDC recommendations Prevention of Varicella at

Last reviewed: May 16, 2023

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