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Here you will find additional information and forums about chickenpox, including details about chickenpox symptoms, advice about exposure to chickenpox, what a chickenpox rash looks like, and steps you can take to prevent chickenpox.

If you have immediate concerns, talk to your doctor or practice nurse. They can also help answer any questions you might have. In an emergency, phone 111.

To download a one page summary about chickenpox and the chickenpox vaccine Varilrix®, please click here.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) is a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland. The aim of IMAC is to provide a local source of independent, factual information based on international and New Zealand scientific research regarding vaccine-preventable diseases. This includes information about the benefits and risks of immunisation.

IMAC also provides information and training for health professionals, national immunisation coordination and policy advice, and research into many aspects of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.

For questions relating to immunisation and vaccination-preventable diseases you can call IMAC free on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863), weekdays 9am-4.30pm. Alternatively, you can email them via

Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand have developed this website as a resource to help improve the health of young New Zealanders. It explains in simple language about chickenpox symptoms and treatment, and also provides details of helplines you can phone.

The NZ Ministry of Health provides full information on chickenpox symptoms, treatment and prevention, as well as a downloadable PDF by clicking this link


Other useful contacts:

PlunketLine 0800 933 922   24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Healthline 0800 611 611  24 hours a day, 7 days a week



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