Resources for New Moms

Vaccines: Varicella

You can protect your baby from a disease you may have had as a child: chickenpox. There is now a shot to keep baby safe from this uncomfortable—and sometimes serious—disease. The shot is often given at your baby’s 12-month checkup but may also be given at 15 months. The Varicella vaccine is sometimes combined with the MMR vaccine (MMRV) which means less needles for baby. 

Chickenpox (also called varicella) is highly contagious. It causes a blister-like rash all over the body and can be serious in babies. 

For more information about chickenpox and the vaccination, visit the  CDC.