My elder son suffering from chicken pox past 10 days will it...


My elder son suffering from chicken pox past 10 days will it spread to others in the family do my younger son need any vaccines


If one of your children has chickenpox (varicella) it can easily spread to other members of the household who have not already had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.  You can find more information about chickenpox, including how chickenpox is spread, how to prevent the spread of chickenpox, and who should see a health care provider immediately if they are exposed to, or get, chickenpox, in the HealthlinkBC File: Facts About Chickenpox.

The chickenpox vaccine is the best way to protect against chickenpox and its complications.  The chickenpox vaccine is available free for all people in BC who are 12 months of age and older and have not been immunized or do not have evidence of immunity to chickenpox.  In BC, the chickenpox vaccine is routinely given to children as a series of two doses at 12 months and 4-6 years of age. For children who get exposed to chickenpox and don’t yet have immunity, getting the vaccine 3 -5 days after the first contact with chickenpox may minimize or prevent illness.

We recommend that you contact your immunizing health care provider (public health nurse or physician).  He or she can review your family’s immunization records, gather more information from you, and make a recommendation for your family regarding vaccination.  You can find the contact information for your local public health unit here.  

You can find more information about the chickenpox vaccine in the HealthLinkBC File: Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine

- Immunization Nurse