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In 2004 chicken pox vaccine was available to susceptible children at school entry and in Grade 6 (those born in 1999 and 1993 respectively). In 2005 it was added to the infant schedule at 12 months (infants born on or after January 1, 2004). Starting in 2005 there was also a catch up program for susceptible children 18-48 months.

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If one of your children has chickenpox (varicella) it can easily spread to other members of the household who have not already had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.

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There is no central registry of all immunizations provided in B.C.  A paper record would have been given at the time of immunization.  If you no longer have a paper copy of your child’s immunization records, you can:

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People 13 years of age and older who have not had chickenpox disease or shingles after 12 months of age (or who are unsure if they have had chickenpox or shingles) and who have not had the chickenpox vaccine, should have serological testing (a blood test) to check for immunity to chickenpox.

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There is a test that can confirm immunity to chicken pox. Please see your family doctor for a requistion for blood work.

If the blood test reports no immunity, please follow-up with your local public health unit to have them recommend and provide any publicly funded vaccine. You will find the number for your local health unit here.

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