Varicella vaccine is recommended for all non-immune adolescents aged ≥14 years and adults.
Varicella vaccine is funded through the NIP for adolescents and adults aged <20 years who have been incompletely vaccinated or do not have evidence of immunity to varicella. For details see the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
Immunisation providers should make every effort to identify and immunise non-pregnant seronegative women of child-bearing age (see Clinical features).
Adolescents (≥14 years of age) and adults need to receive 2 doses of varicella vaccine to achieve adequate protection from varicella.2,3 The 2 doses should be given at least 4 weeks apart. However, a longer interval between vaccine doses is acceptable.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.