- Viral disease, relatively minor in children, but can be severe in adults and immunosuppressed persons, leading to pneumonia or inflammation of the brain.
- In pregnancy, can cause foetal malformations.
- Early in the infection, varicella can be spread through coughing and respiratory droplets; later in the infection, it is spread through contact with fluid in the blisters.
- Anyone not immune through vaccination or previous infection is at risk.
You MUST complete and provide evidence for ONE of the options below.
- 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least one month apart. Evidence of 1 dose is sufficient if the person was vaccinated before 14 years of age. A result of negative/equivocal or borderline/low positive/low level can not be accepted.
- Positive IgG for Varicella. A result of negative/equivocal or borderline/low positive/low level can not be accepted.
- A definite history of chickenpox (e.g. student / their parent confirmation) or physician-diagnosed shingles. This can be noted on your vaccination card, or in a letter or email. A person with a negative or uncertain history of varicella infection should undergo serological testing. If seronegative, vaccination should be provided