As a parent, the one thing that I am particular about is a proper vaccination for my child. In this article, I have tried to elaborate and explain the immunization schedule and price chart of the varicella vaccine in India.
What is Varicella Vaccine?
The Varicella vaccine is also known as the chicken pox vaccine. Hence, as the name suggests, this is the vaccine that has to be given to the child if I were to protect him or her from getting chicken pox. The disease is actually caused by the virus called varicella-zoster virus. That is also the reason why the vaccine against the disease is named by this name.
Why Should You Give Your Child the Varicella Vaccine?
My doctor advised me to give the vaccine to my child if I wanted to avoid the possibility of my child getting the disease as and when my child age is increased. Although I have seen very mild cases of the disease, there have been instances when people develop a life-threatening condition as a result of contracting chicken pox. Hence, you have to be careful. Besides, it is a well-known fact that chicken pox can be highly contagious too. If you do not give the vaccine to your child, there is a high possibility that the same might spread with even a simple coughing or sneezing. Hence, the above are reasons enough as to why the varicella vaccine is important.
Who Should Get the Varicella Vaccine?
My doctor suggested me to give the vaccine to my child before he or she reaches the age of 13. However, care needs to be taken that the child should not have contracted chicken pox by that age. However, if you have not been able to give the vaccine to your child before that age, I was advised by my doctor that I can even get my adult child vaccinated before he or she contracts chicken pox.
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Who Should Not Get the Vaccine?
Having known the importance of the vaccine, my doctor also advised that the following type of people should not get the varicella vaccine.
- Normally, the vaccine is known to contain gelatin. If your child is allergic to the same, ask for the version of the vaccine that is free from gelatin.
- A pregnant woman also should not get the vaccine
- If your child, for some reason, is on high medication and takes steroids
- A person who is undergoing radiation, or chemotherapy.
- An individual who has an auto-immune condition should also not get the vaccine
- If your child has had a transfusion of the blood product anytime before five to six months of getting the vaccine, you should not get your child vaccinated
Varicella Vaccine Immunization Schedule, Chart, and Price in India
The immunization of the child should take place in two shots ideally. The first is to be given when your child is around 12 to 18 months of age. When your child is somewhere around 4 to 6 years of age, the second shot has to be given. The price of the vaccine in India, when given to your 15 months old child is somewhere around 1900 rupees. When you give the vaccine to your child who is 5 years of age, the price of the vaccine is the same.
Thus, I hope that the article has been able to improve the understanding on varicella vaccine and its price in India.