Your individual dosing schedule for Varivax will depend on how old you were when you got the first vaccination. The ideal dosage is 0.5 mL injected twice, once between 12 and 15 months of age and once between 4 and 6 years of age. Although this vaccination schedule is preferred, the same schedule is also recommended for all children between the age of 12 months and 12 years old.
Varivax Dosage: An Introduction
There is only one standard dose for Varivax® (varicella vaccine), although the vaccination schedule may vary, depending on the age of the individual at the first dosing.
The ideal Varivax dosage is 0.5 mL injected subcutaneously (under the skin) twice, once between 12 and 15 months of age and once between 4 and 6 years of age. This second dose can be given sooner if desired (but no sooner than three months after the first one).
Although the previously described schedule is preferred, the same dosage (0.5 mL injected twice with at least three months between doses) is also recommended for all children between 12 months and 12 years of age.
For individuals ages 13 years and older, the standard dosage of Varivax is 0.5 mL injected subcutaneously twice (with at least four weeks in between doses). It is important to get the second dose, even if it is has been a very long time since the first dose.
General Information on Dosing With Varivax
Some considerations for people getting Varivax include the following:
- This vaccine is given as two separate injections, given at least one to three months apart (depending on the age of the individual).
- Varivax is given subcutaneously (just under the skin) on the upper arm.
- Individuals can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the individual is moderately or severely ill.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Varivax dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.