Vaccines

You can get the chickenpox vaccine in Superdrug

Parents in Gloucestershire can now get their children vaccinated against a common childhood disease on the high street.

Superdrug has become the very first big name retailer to offer chickenpox vaccination.

The vaccine is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule in the UK, and is currently only available on the NHS for those who are at high risk of spreading the virus to particularly vulnerable people.

This includes those with weakened immune systems – as a result of HIV or treatments like chemotherapy – or non-immune healthcare workers.

The vaccine is suitable for patients from the age of one up to the age of 65 and is only recommended if you have not already had chickenpox.

How much is the vaccine?

It costs £65 per dose, and two doses – four to eight weeks apart – are recommended to give heightened immune protection. However the NHS states that nine out of 10 children vaccinated with…