oa Professional Nursing Today - Varicella vaccination - indications and contra-indications : paediatrics



Extracted from text ... Varicella vaccination - indications and contra-indications Prof Greg Hussey Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit University of Cape Town PASSIVE IMMUNISATION Varicella-zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG) 0.15 ml/kg by intramuscular injection (minimum 1ml and maximum 5 ml) should be given to all individuals at risk within 96 hours of exposure, the earlier, the better. These include : ? Immunocompromised children ? Pregnant women ? Neonates born to mothers who had chickenpox 5 days before to 2 days after delivery ? Hospitalised premature infants whose mothers did not have chicken pox ACTIVE IMMUNISATION Varicella vaccine is a preparation of the serially propagated and attenuated wild ..


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