In this scientific advisory report on public health policy, the Superior Health Council of Belgium provides 3 recommendations on the prevention of varicella infections in children, adolescents and people at risk in the Belgian population:
- While the CSS, Belgium's Superior health council, is convinced of the benefits of chickenpox immunization (in two doses) and of the value of a two-dose vaccine, it does not currently recommend universal immunization.
- A two-dose chickenpox vaccination can be recommended at an individual level. It may be administered in the form of a monovalent chickenpox vaccine or a quadrivalent MMRV vaccine. If a physician decides to vaccinate against chickenpox at an individual level, it is important that two doses be administered in accordance with the recommended time interval.
- Continued attention must be paid to the immunization of at-risk groups: non-immunized persons in close contact with immunodeficient patients, non-immunized adults employed in the (para)medical sector or in close contact with young children, non-immunized women of childbearing age.
Recommendation Europe Belgium Varicella