Where can I find Varicella vaccines?

Nurses General Nursing


Specializes in Pediatric Mental Health.

Hi Everyone,

I work at a school for autistic children that has several group homes. Once a month we have the PCP for these children come to perform their annual physicals. This month I have two patients that the physician has ordered annual flu vaccines for and a varicella vaccine, we do not have a private pharmacy.

My dilemma is finding a pharmacy that will fill these and either deliver them to the school or allow us to pick them up. I have found pharmacies that at least have the flu vaccine in stock that I can pick up, but with the varicella vaccine I have had no luck finding it anywhere and the Mass. DPH will not receive a shipment until January.

These students are autistic and it is very difficult to bring them out to a separate doctor's appointment just to receive a vaccine. Any ideas where I can find varicella vaccines?

Thank you!!

Specializes in Correctional Nursing, Orthopediacs.

Does the state board of health work there? Most vaccines can be found at our board of health dept.

I would check your local health department. Our local pharmacies have been out of stock of varicella (at least they were when I was looking to get it.) But the local health department had it.

Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics.
DPH will not receive a shipment until January.

I think the OP may have already checked with the department of public health. :)

Specializes in Pediatric Mental Health.

Thanks dudette, yes i did already check with the Massachusett Department of Public Health, they have none until January.

I think the OP may have already checked with the department of public health. :)

:smackingf duh. LOL. Sorry!

Specializes in Assisted Living Nurse Manager.

What about any local clinics? I used to work in a clinic and we always had varicella on hand. Maybe they would let you purchase it from them. It is worth a try!!!

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health.

Does the physician who is doing the physicals have an office? Most primary care doctor's offices carry the vaccine.

Specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health.

When my mother needed the Shingles vaccine, she had to get a script from her PCP, order it from a retail pharmacy (I think it was Costco), then bring it to her PCP. I think the Wal*Mart pharmacy allows special orders with a valid prescription.

Specializes in Pediatric Mental Health.

Yes the doctor does have a place of practice in the city however the behaviors of these children puts them and public at risk for injury especially in a busy place. Thus I would like to avoid having to bring them out to receive a vaccine that we can admininster in the school once we can get a hold of them. That is a great idea about checking with larger retailers I'll do that on Monday. Thanks!

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

Try moore medical - they can take the order from your school md to fill the order. here's a link:


Specializes in pedies and er.

I think she meant that the ordering physician...if he has an office...that they might have the varicella vaccine on hand, @ HIS office, that he could supply. ---understanding that you aren't wanting to take them there. or, maybe I read that wrong. just an idea. ;->

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