• Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Contraindications & Precautions

What are the recommendations for the use of varicella vaccine in children with HIV or other immunodeficiencies?

The CDC “General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization” section on altered immunocompetence recommends varicella vaccination of children with humoral (but not cellular) immunodeficiencies. In addition, single-antigen varicella vaccine should be considered for HIV-infected children age 1 through 5 years with CD4+ T-lymphocyte percentages greater than or equal to 15% for at least 6 months or for children age 6 years and older with CD4+ T-lymphocytes count greater than or equal to 200 cells per microliter for at least 6 months. Eligible children should receive 2 doses of varicella vaccine with a 3-month interval between doses. Additional details of these recommendations can be found in table 8-1 and associated footnotes at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/general-recs/immunocompetence.html.

Last reviewed: May 16, 2023

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