Chicken Pox Vaccination in Birmingham
Chickenpox, a common and highly contagious viral infection, can indeed be a challenging experience for any family. Unfortunately, it’s not routinely offered on the NHS. At Private Medical Clinic, we recognise the importance of protecting your family’s health, and that’s why we offer private chickenpox vaccines.
- Suitable for adults and children aged between 9 months and 65 years.
- Full course – £190 (2 doses, 6-8 weeks apart)
- Protects against Chickenpox & Shingles
What is the Chickenpox Vaccine?
The chickenpox vaccine protects against the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), preventing the contraction of chickenpox, and is highly recommended, particularly for individuals who did not experience chickenpox in early childhood or in cases where there is a risk of exposure due to parental health conditions or medical treatments.
Understanding chicken pox and the importance of vaccination
Chickenpox is indeed caused by the Varicella-zoster virus and is known for its characteristic itchy rash and flu-like symptoms. While it may seem like a mild childhood illness, it can lead to complications, especially in adults and vulnerable individuals. Chickenpox can result in severe skin infections, pneumonia, and even encephalitis.
The vaccine provided at Private Medical Clinic offers essential protection against chickenpox and its associated symptoms and complications. It significantly reduces the risk of contracting and spreading the virus, providing immunity that can be especially crucial in vulnerable populations.
The side effects of the vaccine
The chickenpox vaccine, which is a live attenuated vaccine, is generally safe and well-tolerated. Most people experience mild and temporary side effects, if any. Common side effects of the chickenpox vaccine can include:
- Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site: This is a common and usually mild reaction.
- Mild Fever: Some individuals may develop a low-grade fever after vaccination.
- Mild Rash: In some cases, a mild rash at the injection site or a few spots resembling a mild case of chickenpox may occur. This is not a full-blown infection and is usually not contagious.
Serious side effects from the chickenpox vaccine are extremely rare. However, like with any vaccine, there is a very small risk of an allergic reaction. Signs of a severe allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, and a rapid heartbeat. If these symptoms occur, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention.
Book your Chickenpox vaccination using our streamlined booking process
At Private Medical Clinic, we understand the importance of proactive healthcare. Our private clinics in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield provide a welcoming environment for discussing your vaccine options. Our team of experts is here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the vaccination process.
Book your chickenpox vaccine through our online calendar. Simply select a date and time that works for you, enter your details, and one of our experienced GPs will walk you through the necessary steps.
Chickenpox Vaccine (Two doses given 6-8 weeks apart)
Yellow Fever Vaccine (Includes Certificate)
Hepatitis A (Booster after 6-12 months)
Typhoid (Covers for 3 years)
Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio (Covers for 10 years)
Hepatitis B (Course of 3 vaccines – £195)
Rabies (Course of 3 vaccines – £195)
Japanese Encephalitis (Course of 2 vaccines – £250)
Meningitis ACWY (Covers for 3-5 years)
Cholera (Course of 2 vaccines)
Whooping cough vaccine (Pertussis) (Pertussis combined with D/T/P)
VARILRIX is a vaccine used to prevent and immunise against the varicella virus, which causes chickenpox in infants (from the age of 9 months), children, adolescents and adults. Varicella, commonly known as chickenpox, is a highly infectious viral infection, caused by varicella zoster virus.