• Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Vaccine Recommendations

Who is recommended to be vaccinated against varicella?

All children, beginning at age 12 months, as well as adults without other evidence of immunity should be vaccinated with 2 doses of varicella vaccine. Special consideration should be given to vaccinating adults who (1) have close contact with people at high risk for severe disease (e.g., healthcare workers and family contacts of immunocompromised people), or (2) are at high risk for exposure or transmission (e.g., teachers of young children; child care employees; residents and staff members of institutional settings, including correctional institutions; college students; military personnel; adolescents and adults living in households with children; non-pregnant women of childbearing age; and international travelers).

Last reviewed: May 16, 2023

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