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The chickenpox vaccine – do your kids really need it?

Immunologist Dr Annie Curtis intended to get her children vaccinated, but they succumbed to the infection before she got around to it. She talks about the benefits of inoculation against this, and other diseases, and why we need to tackle vaccine hesitancy 

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Dr Annie Curtis with daughters Lizzie and Faye who both caught chickenpox recently. Photo: Arthur Carron

Dr Annie Curtis with daughters Lizzie and Faye who both caught chickenpox recently. Photo: Arthur Carron

Dr Annie Curtis with daughters Lizzie and Faye who both caught chickenpox recently. Photo: Arthur Carron

Vaccination has never been a hotter topic than it is right now. But while the Covid vaccines are the ones to the fore of all of our minds, there are perhaps more mundane vaccines that we should be thinking about.

Throughout the pandemic, parents have continued to bring their kids for childhood vaccinations. However, the chickenpox vaccination is not included in the childhood schedule of vaccinations provided by the HSE, because for most children, chickenpox tends to be a benign infection with a mild clinical course. For now, if you want to get your child vaccinated, it will cost you around €180 (or €90 per dose) from your GP, but this price can vary from surgery to surgery.


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