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Where can I get the chickenpox vaccine for my baby?

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Nickname1980 Fri 28-Nov-14 23:08:26

Anyone vaccinated their LOs against the chickenpox?

My baby is 9.5 months and it's going around his social circles at the moment. If I can avoid him getting it, that'd be great. A poorly child anytime is sad, but especially over Christmas!

Where can I get it?

Nickname1980 Fri 28-Nov-14 23:10:31

Whoops forgot to say - I'm in North London. But any big pharmacy chains do it, like Boots? Or is this a Bupa thing?

FastWindow Fri 28-Nov-14 23:13:38

There's a vaccine?

Actually, chickenpox IS a vaccine. Against smallpox. flaunts knowledge

KittieCat Fri 28-Nov-14 23:14:18

We got a private prescription through our GP. So, we paid £80 for both jabs but we had them done at our normal doctor's surgery.

BabyJabs will do it, I'm sure, of your GP won't do a private scrip.

Best money we spent.

KittieCat Fri 28-Nov-14 23:14:45

Should add we're in London, too.

Cavort Fri 28-Nov-14 23:16:35

You can't get it done privately until baby is 12 months but find local clinics on the City Doc website.

FastWindow Fri 28-Nov-14 23:18:24

Well there you go. Every day is a school day on MN.

NellyTheElephant Sat 29-Nov-14 16:56:09

To my knowledge there is no relation at all between chickenpox and smallpox. Cowpox was the one that worked as a vaccination against smallpox (which was why historically dairymaids were always considered beautiful and fresh faced - they never got smallpox). Sorry - irrelevant to the original question i know!

I didn't get my children vaccinated against chickenpox I WISH I had, it is a horrible illness. DS & DD2 had 'normal' chicken pox and that was bad enough. DD1's got infected and she was very seriously ill. Ended up in hospital on IV antibiotics for over a week - having been through that (which is surprisingly common as I now know) I recommend vaccination to everyone.

FastWindow Sat 29-Nov-14 20:25:02

Cowpox of course. Which is where the word Vaccine comes from. I beg MN s collective pardon grin

Astromouse Sat 29-Nov-14 22:26:42

You can't get them vaccinated till 12-13 months. I used Independant Family Healthcare, but not sure if they have clinics in London.

Nickname1980 Sun 30-Nov-14 12:53:42

Thanks everyone - ooh I didn't realise you couldn't get them vaccinated until they're 12 months. I will cross my fingers he doesn't get it for the next 2.5months and make an appointment as soon as he turns one!

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