In Vantaa, chickenpox vaccines are given in connection with age-group health checks

Vantaa begins administering chickenpox vaccines in September, when the vaccine is included in the national vaccination program.

Chickenpox vaccine will be offered to all children born Jan. 1, 2006, or after, who have not had the disease. Counseling bureaus and school health care will receive the vaccines in mid-September.

- A set of two vaccinations will give a 93% protection against mild chickenpox and as strong as a 100% protection against a severe disease. In addition, the vaccine protects against secondary diseases from chickenpox, which consist of, among others, skin infections, encephalitis and pneumonia, says Tom Sundell, Medical Director, Preventive Health Care for Children.

The chickenpox vaccine will be given when the child next comes to a counseling bureau or school health care for his or her age-group health check. In other words, no separate appointment with a public-health nurse is required.

- Vaccines will become regularly available in restricted numbers. Some of the children will come for their age-group health check after a year and will then get their vaccination. Nevertheless, their risk of contracting chickenpox diminishes even earlier, as the herd immunity expands with the increased number of vaccinated children, Sundell tells.

The vaccine used for the chickenpox vaccinations is called Varivax. The product has been used since 1995, and 208 million doses of it have been administered worldwide. The vaccine is safe and well tolerated. Compliant with the national vaccination program, the first vaccine will be given at age 18 months and the booster vaccine at age six years.

Who will be given chickenpox vaccine?

  • Chickenpox vaccine will be given to all children born Jan. 1, 2006, or after, who have not had the disease
  • The vaccine can be also given if it is uncertain whether the child has had the disease or not
  • The vaccine will be given to children ages 18 months or older.

Where can I get the vaccine?

  • The chickenpox vaccine will be given when the child next comes to a counseling bureau or school health care for his or her age-group health check. No separate appointments for vaccinations will be arranged.
  • In counseling bureaus, the vaccine is given to children ages 18 months and older who belong to the counseling bureau services.
  • In schools, the vaccines are given to 1st—5th-graders.

What must I do?

  • Children will be vaccinated in connection with regular age-group health checks.
  • As a general rule, schoolchildren come to the health check without their parents, so the parents are asked to contact the school nurse, if they want to have their children vaccinated. The vaccine will not be given without a parent’s permission. More information to parents will also be given through Wilma, when the grade-specific health checks begin.
  • If you have any questions about the chickenpox vaccination contact a public-health nurse.

When is the booster vaccination given?

  • In order to be fully protected, a child also needs a booster vaccination, which will be given at a counseling bureau or in school health care. The booster vaccination is given either at age six or when the child is in the 6th grade, depending on the vaccination time.
  • If a child has received one dose of the chickenbox vaccine before it is included in the national vaccination program, he or she can be given the booster vaccination in connection with the age-group health check.
Published: 28.8.2017 
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