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Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms include fever, aches, tiredness, headache, loss of appetite, as well as red spots on the face, scalp, torso, arms and legs. These spots are very itchy and will look like blisters filled with clear fluid. For more information about chickenpox, see HealthLinkBC File #44a Facts About Chickenpox.
The chickenpox vaccine can protect against the chickenpox infection and is provided free as part of routine immunizations. To learn more about the chickenpox vaccine, see HealthLinkBC File #44b Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine. For more information about routine immunizations, see our HealthLink BC - B.C. Immunization Schedules or visit ImmunizeBC.