The Varilix vaccine, used to guard against varicella – the virus commonly known as chicken pox – is now available in the capital area for the first time in six months, RÚV reports.
The chicken pox are very contagious, but while the rash they cause may be itchy and uncomfortable for the patient, it does not generally have serious, long-term consequences. It can, however, pose more serious risks for infants under 12 months of age, adolescents, seniors, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.
Sigríður Dóra Magnúsdóttir, the managing director of Iceland’s health service, confirmed for RÚV that there had been a shortage of the vaccine, but that parents can now bring their children to be vaccinated when they bring them in for check-ups. She underscored that there is no pressing need for parents to rush to get their children vaccinated against the chicken pox at this time.
“There’s not a chicken pox epidemic going on. The best thing will be for people just to go to their local health centres and talk with a nurse when they come in for a check-up,” she said.