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Chicken pox vaccination

Q: Is the chicken pox vaccination essential for children? Doctors charge more than Rs. 1500 for it. Is it the correct price? Are there any recommended vaccination centres in Mumbai?

A:Chicken pox vaccine is an optional vaccine and provides approximately 96% protection. With increasing age chicken pox has a higher incidence of complications. Hence if a child by 10 years of age has not had chicken pox, then vaccination maybe worthwhile. If there is any confusion regarding charges, please ask your Paediatrician. No chicken pox vaccine centres exist but your Paediatrician should be able to give your child the correct vaccine.

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