I'm 23, just moved to Burnaby, and (as far as I know) have...

Question: 

I'm 23, just moved to Burnaby, and (as far as I know) have never had chicken pox. Where can I go to: a) get my blood tested to ensure b) get the vaccine ? Thanks

Answer: 

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.

You can get a serology screening requisition from your doctor to take with you to a lab. If the serological testing shows you are not immune to chickenpox, you can get the vaccine for free from a pharmacy, your local public health unit or your family doctor. Services vary across the province.

Two doses of the chickenpox vaccine are recommended for people 13 years of age and older who have not been immunized or do not have evidence of immunity to chickenpox. 

For more information about chickenpox and the vaccine, visit our chickenpox page