Superdrug has become the first high street pharmacy chain to offer a chickenpox vaccination service, it says.

The vaccination is not part of the routine childhood schedule and is currently only available on the NHS for those who are at high risk of spreading the virus to particularly vulnerable people such as those with weakened immune systems or non-immune healthcare workers.

Available in 58 of its nurse and pharmacist Health Clinic stores, the jab is available at £65 a dose and two doses are recommended for maximum protection.

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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