Non-immune people who work in long-term care facilities are strongly recommended to receive 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.

Varicella virus can be transmitted between patients and staff in long-term care facilities.9

People who work in long-term care facilities do not need to receive varicella vaccine if they have either:

Testing for seroconversion after varicella vaccine is not recommended. This is because immunity following vaccination is often not detectable using currently available blood tests. See Serological testing for varicella immunity from infection or vaccination. However, because varicella vaccination is not 100% effective, advise people who work in long-term care facilities about the signs and symptoms of infection, and how to manage them appropriately according to local protocols if they develop varicella.

See also Recommended vaccines for people at increased risk of certain occupationally acquired vaccine-preventable diseases in Vaccination for people at occupational risk for more details.

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Last updated: 
7 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
7 June 2018