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3i.5 What is the current recommendation for adults?




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This article is from the Childhood Vaccinations FAQ, by Lynn Gazis-Sax lynng@alsirat.com with numerous contributions by others.

3i.5 What is the current recommendation for adults?

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[Contributed shortly before the vaccine was licensed.] From J
Thompson (jet14@columbia.edu):

I think it is almost guaranteed that adults will be able to get
the
varicella vaccine. The only area where there is _no_ scientific
controversy over the wisdom of using this vaccine is in adults who are
not immune. Varicella in adults is a dangerous disease, sometimes
leading to hospitalization, and usually lasting two to three weeks.
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ACIP recommends that people 13 years and older be assessed for
varicella immune status, and that those who are not immune be
vaccinated. Priority should be given to vaccinating those at highest
risk for exposure and for transmitting the disease. There is an
antibody titre which can be done on adults who are not sure whether
they are immune to chicken pox.

 

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