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Chickenpox Vaccine


The chickenpox vaccine is an injection given to protect you from chickenpox. Chickenpox is a common childhood infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus causes fever and an itchy rash that spreads over the entire body. The rashes turn into small blisters that dry up to form scabs. The infection may spread and damage your skin, lungs, and brain. The chickenpox vaccine may be given by itself or combined with other vaccines.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your mouth and throat are swollen.

  • You are wheezing or have trouble breathing.

  • You have chest pain or your heart is beating faster than normal.

  • You feel like you are going to faint.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your face is red or swollen.

  • You have hives that spread over your body.

  • You feel weak or dizzy.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.

  • You have questions or concerns about the chickenpox vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to the injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.