Zovirax (acyclovir) is a medication that is available to slow the course of the illness. However, it is only available for children over the age of 2 years and MUST be started within the first 24 hours of lesions in order to be beneficial in slowing the disease process.
Varivax is a vaccine available for the prevention of chicken pox in children greater than 12 months and is a 2 dose schedule. The first dose is given at 15 months and the booster dose is given at the 4 year visit or anytime thereafter.
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