Preconception Issues And Care

Although a safe and effective vaccine does exist for chicken-pox it is not widely used in the UK. The vaccine is contrain-dicated in pregnancy and pregnancy should be avoided for three months after vaccination. The vaccine is not currently available to seronegative women in the UK planning a pregnancy. The UK Department of Health, however, recommends Varicella zoster vaccine to be given to seronegative health care workers who have direct contact with patients11.

Women who have not had chickenpox should be advised to avoid contact with chickenpox in the peri-conception period, and to report any possible contact to their midwife or doctor.

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