Chickenpox: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th April 2022.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Chair, Finance Committee (Commons), Chair, Finance Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a chickenpox vaccine on the NHS.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) reviewed the varicella vaccine designed to provide protection against chickenpox in 2010. Based on the JCVI’s subsequent recommendations and due to the complex health risks associated with its widespread use, the varicella vaccine is not currently part of the routine vaccination programme. The JCVI regularly reviews new and existing programmes as evidence emerges.

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