Chicken pox back on Spain’s vaccination calendar

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THE Spanish regions have agreed to the Ministry of Health’s proposal to provide vaccinations against chicken pox at early ages.
At the moment the vaccinations are only given to children aged 12 who have not had the virus and have not been available to buy for more than a year, leading many doctors to advise parents to travel to Andorra or Portugal to buy the jabs themselves.
This should now change as regional health services have agreed to include the vaccinations on their calendars, with an initial dose at 12-15 months and another at three to four years.
While no time limit has been given, regions will hopefully bring the measure in as quickly as possible. In Madrid for example the vaccinations are expected to be available from September.
It remains to be seen whether the vaccinations will also be released to chemists for sale, which depends on the Spanish Medicine and Sanitary Products Agency.

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