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At what age should you have the chickenpox vaccine?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

In Australia, the chickenpox vaccine is usually given to infants at 18 months of age. It is given along with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. However, it can be given from as early as 12 months of age if you and your doctor consider it necessary.

The chickenpox vaccine may also be recommended for certain individuals in 'high risk' jobs such as health care, child care and teaching, non-immune women before pregnancy and non-immune family members of people with immune system disorders.

Certain people should not be given the chickenpox vaccine. These include people whose immune system is poor, and women who are pregnant. For more information on vaccination, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Varicella. Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018).

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