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Chickenpox vaccine booking at Widcombe Pharmacy Bath Community Pharmacy. Exceptional customer service. Serving Centre, Widcombe, Combe Down, Oldfield, Twerton, Weston, Larkhall, Southdown

Chickenpox Vaccine

Visit us to protect your child or yourself against chickenpox.

  • 15 min
  • Widcombe Pharmacy

Service Description

Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. Young children under the age of 10 are most likely to catch the disease, however it can present in adults and symptoms are then generally more serious. Vaccination pricing: £80.00 per dose (2 doses per course) Vaccine Schedule (for those aged between 1 and 65): - 2 doses required - At least four weeks between doses How do you catch Chickenpox? Chickenpox is highly contagious and can be caught through direct contact with an infected person. The virus responsible for chickenpox, varicella-zoster virus (VZV), spreads primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. It can also be transmitted by coming into contact with the fluid from chickenpox blisters. Close proximity to an infected person increases the risk of transmission. Sharing personal items such as clothing, towels, or bedding can also facilitate the spread of the virus. Additionally, touching a surface contaminated with VZV and subsequently touching the face or mouth can lead to infection. Chickenpox is most contagious from one to two days before the appearance of the characteristic rash until all the blisters have crusted over, usually within five to ten days. After being exposed to the virus, it usually takes around 10 to 21 days for symptoms to develop. Maintaining good hygiene practices, such as washing hands regularly, avoiding close contact with infected individuals, and ensuring vaccination, can help reduce the risk of catching chickenpox. Who is at risk from chickenpox? People of all ages can contract chickenpox, but certain groups are at higher risk. The most susceptible population includes individuals who have not previously had chickenpox or received the varicella vaccine. Infants, young children, and adolescents are particularly vulnerable due to their developing immune systems and increased likelihood of exposure in settings such as schools or day care centres. Pregnant women who have not had chickenpox or been vaccinated should exercise caution as the infection can lead to complications for both the mother and unborn child. Similarly, individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or with HIV/AIDS, are at greater risk of severe chickenpox symptoms and complications. Adults who have not had chickenpox or been immunised may also be at risk, and the disease tends to be more severe in older individuals.

Contact Details

  • Widcombe Pharmacy - Pharmacy/Chemist, Widcombe Parade, Bath, UK

    01225 447924

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