Q: If I am an adult who never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, should I get it now?
A: Yes. Chickenpox is much more likely to cause severe disease in adults than in children, so it’s important to get the vaccine. In fact, adults are 10 times more likely than children to be hospitalized with severe complications related to chickenpox, such as pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Children, adolescents and young adults that received only one dose should get a second dose, and previously unimmunized or unexposed adolescents or adults should get two doses separated by four to eight weeks between doses.