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The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine childhood vaccination programme in Ireland.

You can pay to get the vaccine from your GP. It can be given to anyone over 12 months old.

Two doses of the vaccine are needed, at least 4 weeks apart.

Side effects of the vaccine may include:

  • pain, redness or swelling in the arm or leg
  • fever
  • rash

The vaccine is not recommended for those who have weak immune systems.

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page last reviewed: 14/05/2019
next review due: 14/05/2022