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Vaccinations are an important part of your child‘s routine healthcare, but there are some vaccinations that are not usually offered to children in the UK. One of these is the chickenpox vaccine, which is part of the routine childhood vaccinations in some other countries. However, you might want to consider arranging this jab for your child through a private clinic.
The vaccine isn’t routinely given in the UK because chickenpox is usually a relatively mild infection and most children will recover from it quickly, without any complications. About 90% of us have had the infection by the time we are 15. After having chickenpox once, we are usually immune to it for the rest of our lives. Since this is the case and the NHS has to make difficult decisions about the treatments it can fund, chickenpox vaccination is not considered essential for children in the UK.
Although the chickenpox vaccine isn’t required for every child in the UK, you might want to consider getting it if: