What is Chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The virus is highly contagious, so much so that 90% of household contacts will contract it when brought into contact with an infected person. The same virus can cause shingles if reactivated later in life following the primary infection.

It is spread through coughing, sneezing, and direct contact.  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.

The best way to avoid catching chickenpox is to avoid contact with someone who has it and to ensure you are up-to-date on your vaccination.


The symptoms can include:
  • An itchy, spotty rash is the main symptom of chickenpox. It can be anywhere on the body.

Chickenpox happens in 3 stages. But new spots can appear while others are becoming blisters or forming a scab.

  1. Be red, pink, darker or the same colour as surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone
  2. The spots fill with fluid and become blisters. The blisters are very itchy and may burst
  3. The spots form a scab. Some scabs are flaky while others leak fluid

Before or after the rash appears, you might also get:

  • A high temperature
  • Aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
  • Loss of appetite

Chickenpox is very itchy.

Incubation can be approx. 2 weeks before spots appear. A few days after rash onset, the blisters that formed begin to heal, they crust over and are no longer contagious.

To minimise your risk – avoid contact with infected person. If you get chickenpox then :
  • Drink plenty of fluid (try ice lollies if your child is not drinking) to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol to help with pain and discomfort
  • Cut your child’s fingernails and put socks on their hands at night to stop them scratching
  • Use cooling creams or gels from a pharmacy
  • Speak to a pharmacist about using antihistamine medicine to help itching
  • Bathe in cool water and pat the skin dry (do not rub)
  • Dress in loose clothes
  • Do not use ibuprofen unless advised to do so by a doctor, as it may cause serious skin infections
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 16
  • Do not go near newborn babies, people who are pregnant and people with a weakened immune system, as chickenpox can be dangerous for them
  • Do not scratch the spots, as scratching can cause scarring
  • Get Vaccinated
Ages (Years)12months – 65 years
Doses Required2
Schedule0 and 6 weeks

Vaccination Price

The Chickenpox Vaccination Service costs £142 if you buy the full course of two vaccines together at the first appointment or £76 per dose ( 2 doses = £152) if purchased separately.

The NHS currently offers a chickenpox vaccination to certain vulnerable groups, protecting those who are most at risk.

The Remedi healthcare  Chickenpox Vaccination Service is available to those seeking protection from the chickenpox virus, including those who are eligible through the NHS but choose a private vaccination service.

If our Chickenpox Vaccination Service is suitable, you’ll receive two vaccinations at a minimum of six weeks apart. If you, or your child, had a first dose of chickenpox vaccination at a different provider, you can still have your second dose at Remedi Healthcare, providing you meet all the eligibility criteria for the  service.

The service is suitable for both adults and children aged between one and 65 years inclusive at the time of the first vaccination.

The service isn’t suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone with a weakened immune system, or anyone who’s had an allergic reaction to any previous vaccination. The service is also not suitable for anyone who’s received the MMR vaccine in the previous four weeks.

Remedi appointments are as easy as 1, 2, 3

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Attend your 1st appointment

During the first consultation our trained healthcare professionals will check suitability and you will receive your first dose

Additional Appointments

Return for the second dose of the vaccination at a minimum of six weeks later

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Vaccinations are a quick, effective and safe way to protect yourself against diseases that can damage your health.

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