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Varicella Vaccination in a Primary Care Pediatric Practice

Elizabeth Kahn Meine; Steven Russell Bailey, MD, MPH; Robert P. Drucker, MD; Dennis A. Clements, MD, PhD; Emmanuel Walter, MD, MPH
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(6):608-609. doi:.
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Since receiving US Food and Drug Administration approval in March 1995, varicella vaccine has subsequently been recommended by both the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Public Health Service and the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics.1,2 Universal vaccination of all infants in the first 12 to 18 months of life is suggested. Susceptible children and adults should also be vaccinated. Persons older than 13 years should receive 2 doses of vaccine scheduled 1 to 2 months apart. Despite recommendations, acceptance of varicella vaccine is still quite variable.3

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