It used to be thought advantageous to expose your child to another with chickenpox so they would not risk getting it as a teenager or adult when it is considerably more severe. But for working parents having to take unpaid leave to care for sick children for two weeks, as all childcare and clubs are off limits, a vaccine is the ideal solution.
Small children are not usually terribly ill from chickenpox but they do suffer great irritation from the blistering spots and the risk of permanent scarring. In adults it can lead to hospitalisation. Although not available on NHS, a simple vaccine can be administered from 9 months old. Many parents are turning to private GPs for children to have the vaccination to ensure peace of mind, avoid compromising work commitments, and to protect their children.
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