Chicken Pox (Varicella) Vaccine

Moderate Problems

  • A seizure (jerking and staring spell) usually caused by fever (less than one out of 1,000 doses). This may not be related to the vaccine.

What to Do if There Is a Serious Reaction

  • Call a doctor or get the person to a doctor right away.
  • Write down what happened, the date and time it happened.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse or health department to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Report form.

If you find that you were pregnant when you got the chicken pox vaccine, or if you get pregnant within three months after getting the vaccine, contact your doctor.

If you want to learn more, ask your doctor or nurse. S/he can give you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of information.
This information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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