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Should I let my child catch chickenpox from their friends?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

Chickenpox can be a serious disease, especially for infants. For pregnant women and people with poor immune systems (who have not been vaccinated) it can develop into a life-threatening disease. 

Chickenpox is very contagious and can be spread 1-2 days before the rash develops until all their chicken pox blisters have become scabs. Chickenpox can be a serious disease for some people, therefore it preferable to vaccinate against the disease rather than letting them catch the disease off others.

Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chickenpox (varicella) transmission. Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0139a - Date of preparation May 2018