Chickenpox vaccine will likely be added to childhood immunisation programme
Cases have been rising in Ireland.
The chickenpox vaccine may be added to the childhood immunisation programme.
The HIQA's suggestion has been backed by the Department of Health.
The National Imunisation Advisory Committee also supported the recommendation.
Dr. Conor Teljeur told The Irish Times that an assessment is underway.
The programme isn't compulsory but is advised by the Department of Health.
The recommendation comes after a rise in cases in Ireland.
Earlier this year, the HSE revealed a stark increase in chickenpox cases.
There was also a jump in children needing hospital treatment.
Professor David Coughlan told The Sun that people can develop complications.
He said, "What many don’t realise, is that in some circumstances, chickenpox can become a very serious disease for young children."
Pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are also at a higher risk.
Complications include skin infections, as well as lung infections.
People may also suffer from pneumonia.
The main symptoms of chickenpox include fever, itchy red spots, and loss of appetite.
It is most common in children under the age of 10, but anyone can contract the infectious disease.
The chickenpox virus often covers up within 2 weeks.
There is no cure for the virus, but there are medications that help ease the pain. Doctors suggest using paracetamol. However, you should not use ibuprofen because it can increase the risk of skin infections.
Cooling gels and ointments can help ease the itching. One of the best ones to use is calamine lotion.
Other ways to help ease symptoms include wearing cool clothes, staying hydrated as well as resting.
Read more about the chickenpox virus here.