Two doses of Chickenpox vaccine recommended

February 02, 2012

Each semester University Health Services (UHS) sees a few cases of Chickenpox. UHS recommends that Penn State students check their health record for adequate immunization against Chickenpox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines adequate immunization as two doses of the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine for those who have not had the disease. Vaccination is also recommended for individuals who were infected with a mild case (just a few chickenpox lesions).

Chickenpox can occur at any time of the year but if infection occurs during the academic year, the impact to students can be significant. When adults get chickenpox, they are more likely to suffer more serious illness and complications. Penn State students who get chickenpox are isolated and may miss an average of five to eight days of classes.

University Health Services lists both required and recommended vaccinations on their website at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/immunization/immunization_requirements.cfm. UHS does stock the vaccine and immunizations are available by appointment by visiting myUHS at https://uhsonline.psu.edu or by calling 814-863-0774 to schedule and appointment.

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Last Updated April 19, 2017