Superdrug is the first high street retailer to offer customers a chickenpox vaccination service, which is now available in 58 of its nurse and pharmacist health clinic stores.

The vaccination is not part of the routine childhood schedule in the UK, and was previously only available on the NHS for those at high risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable people.

Superdrug is offering the vaccine at £65 per dose, and two doses – four to eight weeks apart – are recommended to give heightened immune protection. However the NHS states that nine out of 10 children vaccinated with a single dose will develop immunity against chickenpox.

Nicola Hart, head of healthcare services at Superdrug, said: “We’re delighted to be the first high street retailer to offer a vaccination service against one of the most common childhood illnesses: chickenpox. Its availability at our nurse clinics and pharmacies across the UK enables customers to have their vaccination at a convenient high street location.”

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