CDC recommends second dose of chickenpox vaccine

July 10, 2006

Merck announced that the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) unanimously voted to recommend that children four to six years of age receive a second dose of varicella vaccine for the prevention of chickenpox. Merck's Varivax (varicella virus vaccine live, Oka/Merck) and Proquad (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella virus vaccine live, Oka/Merck) are the only vaccines to protect against chickenpox in the United States.

CDC recommends second dose of chickenpox vaccine

Merck announced that the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) unanimously voted to recommend that children four to six years of age receive a second dose of varicella vaccine for the prevention of chickenpox. Merck's Varivax (varicella virus vaccine live, Oka/Merck) and Proquad (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella virus vaccine live, Oka/Merck) are the only vaccines to protect against chickenpox in the United States.The committee also recommended that children, adolescents, and adults who receive only one dose of varicella vaccine receive a second, "catch-up" dose.

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