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Chickenpox Vaccine
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Getting a chickenpox vaccine is quick and easy with Solv. Find and book same day and next day appointments at participating providers in Iowa. You could be in and out in under an hour and have your child vaccinated.

Chickenpox Vaccine
in Iowa

Getting a chickenpox vaccine is quick and easy with Solv. Find and book same day and next day appointments at participating providers in Iowa. You could be in and out in under an hour and have your child vaccinated.

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Mercy East Village Urgent Care - Des Moines

Mercy East Village Urgent Care - Des Moines

1.0(1 reviews)
1350 Des Moines St, Des Moines, IA 503091350 Des Moines St
OpenSun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Concentra Urgent Care, Dixon

Concentra Urgent Care

2100 Dixon St, Des Moines, IA 503162100 Dixon St
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Iowa Health Walk-in Urgent Care

Iowa Health Walk-in Urgent Care

1530 E Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 503131530 E Euclid Ave
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Broadlawns Hospital Urgent Care

Broadlawns Hospital Urgent Care

1801 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 503141801 Hickman Rd
OpenSun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • SunClosed
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Mercy Quick Care Clinic - Ingersoll - Des Moines

Mercy Quick Care Clinic - Ingersoll - Des Moines

3425 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 503123425 Ingersoll Ave
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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Iowa Health Walk-in Urgent Care

Iowa Health Walk-in Urgent Care

6000 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 503116000 University Ave
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Mercy Quick Care Clinic

Mercy Quick Care Clinic

1.36(6 reviews)
4343 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 503104343 Merle Hay Rd
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UnityPoint Clinic, Merle Hay

UnityPoint Clinic

5.0(1 reviews)
4020 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 503104020 Merle Hay Rd
OpenSun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The staff has gone above and beyond to help us with testing needed to determine if infection or other medical issues are present. Phones calls to follow up and ensure we have the information is greatly appreciated and assures communication is thorough. Thank you!
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Mercy South Urgent Care - Des Moines

Mercy South Urgent Care - Des Moines

6601 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 503156601 SW 9th St
OpenSun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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UnityPoint Clinic, Southglen

UnityPoint Clinic

3.67(3 reviews)
7481 US-69, Des Moines, IA 503207481 US-69
OpenSun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Recent patient review

This is an excellent clinic. The Doctors in the clinic and Urgent care are great. Very helpful and caring.
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Mercy East Urgent Care - Pleasant Hill

Mercy East Urgent Care - Pleasant Hill

5.0(1 reviews)
5900 E University Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 503275900 E University Ave
OpenSun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Love Dr Strang and his staff
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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care, Altoona

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care

2720 8th St SW, Altoona, IA 500092720 8th St SW
OpenSun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
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  • Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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UnityPoint Clinic, Urbandale

UnityPoint Clinic

2901 86th St, Urbandale, IA 503222901 86th St
OpenSun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Unity Point Clinic

Unity Point Clinic

3.88(4 reviews)
2901 NW 86th St, Urbandale, IA 503222901 NW 86th St
OpenSun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Recent patient review

From the time my husband and I walked through the door, I felt well cared for. I had fallen and hit my head. The young woman at the check-in desk had a welcoming smile, only asked a few questions and suggested I sit down. If she needed any more info she would come to me. The young woman who cleaned up my cuts and abrasions had a gentle touch. I'm sorry I don't have their names. Ashlee Reetz stitched and bandaged my various wounds. She answered my questions, checked me for a possible concussion, with professionalism and pleasant attitude. My husband and I were so pleased with the care in your facility. I was there around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2nd.
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Ankeny Urgent Care

Ankeny Urgent Care

1410 SW Tradition Dr, Ankeny, IA 500231410 SW Tradition Dr
OpenSun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine, Ankeny Prairie Trail

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine

2515 SW State St, Ankeny, IA 500232515 SW State St
OpenSun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 7:30 am - 11:30 am
  • SunClosed
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Mercy West Urgent Care - Clive

Mercy West Urgent Care - Clive

1.0(5 reviews)
1601 NW 114th St, Clive, IA 503251601 NW 114th St
OpenSun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Concentra Urgent Care

Concentra Urgent Care

11144 NW Aurora Ave., Urbandale, IA 5032211144 NW Aurora Ave.
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Mercy North Urgent Care - Ankeny

Mercy North Urgent Care - Ankeny

5.0(1 reviews)
800 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021800 E 1st St
OpenSun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I was having heart palpitations, so went to Urgent Care. I didn't wait long before I was seen. The nurse did an EKG and then summoned the Dr. who discussed what was going on and what I might do. All involved were very professional and helpful.
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The Iowa Clinic, West Des Moines Campus

The Iowa Clinic

2.8(10 reviews)
5950 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 502665950 University Ave
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Iowa Chickenpox Vaccine

The varicella vaccination, sometimes known as the chickenpox vaccine, can help you avoid getting chickenpox. You can make an informed health care decision for yourself and your family by learning more about what this vaccination accomplishes and who should get it.

Chickenpox vaccination: what everyone should know

The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox, which is a highly contagious disease. The major symptom of chickenpox, according to the CDC, is an itchy, blister-like rash that occurs first on the chest, back, and face before spreading to the rest of the body. Fever and exhaustion are two other symptoms.

According to the CDC, two doses of the chickenpox vaccine are around 90% effective in preventing chickenpox, which means you could still develop the disease after being vaccinated. This vaccine is suggested for children, adolescents, and adults who have never had chickenpox or been immunized against it.

Who needs the chickenpox vaccine?

The chickenpox vaccination should be given in two doses to children, teens, and adults, according to the CDC.

The first dose of the chickenpox vaccine should be given to children between the ages of 12 and 15, and the second dose between the ages of four and six. The CDC notes that if the second dose is given at least three months following the first, children may take it at a younger age.

Those aged 13 and up who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccination should receive two doses separated by at least 28 days. The chickenpox vaccine is especially crucial for healthcare workers, teachers, college students, nursing home residents, and overseas travelers, according to the CDC..

Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you may need the chickenpox vaccine based on your health situation.

Who should not get the chickenpox vaccine?

According to the CDC, if you have signs of immunity to chickenpox, you don't need the vaccine. Immunity can be demonstrated by being born in the United States before 1980 and having a documented diagnosis of chickenpox, among other things.

Other people who should not get the chickenpox vaccine, according to the CDC, include:

  • Those who have had a potentially fatal adverse reaction to the chickenpox vaccination or any of its components.
  • Those who are moderately or severely unwell at the time of their chickenpox vaccination appointment.
    Women who are expecting children.

Before taking the chickenpox vaccine, certain people should see their doctors. This includes, according to the CDC:

  • Those who have an illness of the immune system, such as HIV or AIDS.
  • Those who have cancer or are being treated for cancer with radiation or medicines.
  • Those who have received a blood transfusion recently.

Two types of chickenpox vaccines

In the United States, two types of chickenpox vaccinations are now approved for usage. According to the CDC, the vaccinations' brand names are Varivax® and ProQuad®.

Varivax®

Only the chickenpox vaccine is included in Varivax®. This vaccination is only approved for adults, teenagers, and children aged 12 months and up.

ProQuad®

ProQuad® is a vaccine that combines the chickenpox vaccine with the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines. According to the CDC, this vaccination is only approved for children aged 12 months to 12 years.

Getting vaccinated after you are exposed to chickenpox

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated for chickenpox within three to five days of exposure if you have been exposed to the virus. It goes on to say that even if you've been exposed for more than five days, you should get two doses of the vaccination. At least 28 days should pass between each of these dosages.

Childcare and school chickenpox vaccine requirements

Many states have legislation requiring children to get vaccinated against chickenpox whether they attend public school, private school, or a daycare center. According to the CDC, all states give medical exemptions for the chickenpox vaccine, and some states additionally provide religious and/or philosophical exemptions.

Based on your family's religious and philosophical beliefs, as well as your children's medical history, your healthcare practitioner can talk to you in greater depth about whether or not your children should have the chickenpox vaccination.

How can parents pay for the chickenpox vaccine?

According to the CDC, most health insurance plans cover the chickenpox vaccine. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program may be able to assist you if your health insurance plan does not cover the cost of the chickenpox vaccination for your children. To find out if you're eligible for financial aid through this program, the CDC recommends contacting VFC directly.

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jul 25, 22

Sources

Solv has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. We avoid using tertiary references.

  1. Chickenpox/Varicella Vaccination (November 22, 2016)
    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/varicella/index.html
  2. Chickenpox Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know (August 7, 2019)
    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/varicella/public/index.html
  3. State Vaccination Requirements (November 15, 2016)
    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/laws/state-reqs.html
  4. Chickenpox (Varicella) For Healthcare Professionals (April 28, 2021)
    https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/hcp/index.html
  5. Shingles
    https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/DiseasesandVaccines/ShinglesDisease
  6. Chickenpox and Shingles Tests (November 8, 2021)
    https://medlineplus.gov/lab-tests/chickenpox-and-shingles-tests/

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