How is the varicella virus vaccine live (Varivax) administered?

Updated: Jul 12, 2021
  • Author: Richard Lichenstein, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas E Herchline, MD  more...
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Varicella virus vaccine live (Varivax)

Used for vaccination against varicella in individuals 1 y and older. [1]

Children 1-12 years:

  • Administer first dose of 0.5 mL subcutaneously at age 12-15 mo

  • Second dose is routinely administered at age 4-6 y; second dose can be given at any age as long as it has been at least 3mo since first dose

Adults and children 13 years and older with no evidence of immunity [1] :

  • Administer 2 doses of 0.5 mL subcutaneously 4-8wk apart

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