New Chickenpox Vaccination Schedule Recommended

Parents of children aged 12 months to 12 years might be interested to know that the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now recommends a 2 dose primary vaccination schedule for Varicella (chicken pox) in children.

Recent studies have shown that a single dose Varicella schedule in children is not adequate for long term protection despite the overall decrease in Varicella disease in Canada. The evidence strongly suggests that Canadian children, aged 12 months – 12 years would benefit from a 2 dose primary immunization schedule.

Although there are no clear guidelines regarding the schedule for the 2 dose series, NACI recommends dosing be done at 12 months and again at 15-18 months.

At this time, the province of BC has not changed its pediatric vaccination schedule for Varicella and is only providing children with a free primary dose at 12 months.

At TMVC, we will discuss the new NACI recommendation with concerned families and are able to provide the Varicella vaccine if and when appropriate.

You can find more info on the new recommendations at: Varicella Vaccination Two-Dose Recommendations. National Advisory Committee on Immunization