Tip 83: varicella zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG)

VZIG is recommended for infants whose mothers develop chickenpox (but not shingles) in the period seven days before to seven days after delivery.

VZIG is also recommended for VZ antibody-negative infants exposed to chickenpox or shingles in the first seven days of life or while still on NNU. Most infants <28/40 will be antibody-negative.

Reference: Immunisation against infectious disease (The Green Book) Public Health England, March 2014.

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