Cases were reduced during pandemic meaning there is a larger pool of children without immunity

Babies and toddlers will be offered chickenpox vaccines under new recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
A catch up programme for older children will also be offered.
Chickenpox cases were significantly reduced during the pandemic due to social restrictions, meaning there is currently a larger pool of children than usual without immunity.
The JCVI said the vaccine should be added to the childhood immunisation programme, with a dose at 12 months and 18 months.

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