Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine in Singapore

Protect Yourself from Chickenpox with the Varicella Vaccine

The Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is essential for preventing chickenpox, a highly contagious disease caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV). Chickenpox can lead to severe complications, especially in adults and individuals with weakened immune systems.


What is Chickenpox?

Chickenpox spreads through direct contact with an infected person or via airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. It can also spread indirectly through contact with contaminated objects. Common symptoms include fever, red itchy spots that develop into fluid-filled blisters, and then form crusts before healing​ (SingHealth)​​ (HealthHub)​.


Who Should Receive the Varicella Vaccine?

As part of the Singapore National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS), all children should receive two doses of the varicella vaccine starting at 12 months of age, with the second dose given at least 3 months later. Under the Singapore National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS), adults who have not been vaccinated or lack evidence of past infection should receive two doses, spaced 4-8 weeks apart​ (SingHealth)​​ (HealthHub)​​.


Benefits of the Varicella Vaccine

  • Prevents chickenpox and its complications: Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, brain infections, and even death.
  • Reduces the risk of shingles: The same virus causes shingles later in life.
  • Protects vulnerable populations: Essential for those around individuals with weakened immune systems, including healthcare workers, teachers, and caregivers​ (SingHealth)​​ (HealthHub)​.


Side Effects and Precautions

Common side effects include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Mild fever
  • Headaches

Rare but serious allergic reactions may include swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, and widespread rash. Consult your healthcare provider if you have a history of severe allergies or are currently on medications that weaken your immune system​ (HealthHub)​​.

How Much Does The Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Cost?


Vaccine Price per dose
Varilrix $90

Prices are as of Apr 2024 and may be subjected to GST.
Prices subject to change without prior notice.

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