Q: My son is 14 months old and has not yet got his varicella vaccination till date. Is it necessary? How much does it cost? Does he also need to be given an MMR and the third booster dose? Is it okay to give this vaccine to him in the 16th month or before 18th month?
A:It is perfectly safe to give your child Varicella vaccine anytime after 12 months of age. It costs around Rs. 1400 in the retail market. The vaccine is effective and a good vaccine. If you can afford it, do give it to your child. MMR vaccine and the 3rd DPT dose should also be given as soon as possible.