Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Chickenpox Vaccine Program Success
The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services celebrates a silver anniversary for the chickenpox vaccine program.
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Celebrating a silver anniversary for the Chickenpox Vaccine Program. In 1995, the chickenpox vaccine became a routinely recommended childhood vaccine. The results are in for the first 25 years, and it’s a huge success. During those first 25 years, the US chickenpox, also known as Varicella Vaccination Program, has prevented 2,000 deaths, 238,000 hospitalizations, and has led to a net societal savings of $23 billion. The chickenpox vaccine series is complete once an individual has received two doses of the vaccine. One dose is recommended at one year’s of age, and the second dose is recommended at four to six years of age. In North Dakota, 91.9% of North Dakota’s kindergartners are up to date with the chickenpox vaccine series. Catch-up vaccination of older children and adolescents is also recommended. Contact your child’s trusted healthcare provider today to make sure your child is up to date on routine wellness vaccines.