Varicella virus (chickenpox) vaccine Side Effects
Please note - some side effects for Varicella virus (chickenpox) vaccine may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
Side Effects by Body System - for Healthcare Professionals
Applies to: subcutaneous powder for injection
The most frequent side effects have included fever, injection site reactions, and varicella-like rash.
Local side effects have included injection site pain, soreness, swelling, erythema, rash, pruritus, hematoma, induration, and stiffness in 19.3% of patients and a varicella-like rash at the injection in 3.8% of patients.
Other side effects have included fever with oral temperature >=102 degrees F (39 degrees C) and febrile seizures (in <0.1% of children).
Dermatologic side effects have included rash, contact rash, heat rash/prickly heat, eczema/dry skin/dermatitis, and itching; however, causality was not determined. A generalized varicella-like rash has been reported in 5.5% of adolescents and adults within 7 to 21 days after the first dose and in 0.9% within 0 to 23 days after the second dose. Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, Henoch-Schoenlein purpura, secondary bacterial skin and soft tissue infections including impetigo and cellulitis, and herpes zoster have also been reported.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, teething, abdominal pain, nausea, and constipation; however, causality was not determined.
Hypersensitivity reactions have included anaphylaxis, allergic rash, and hives.
Hematologic side effects have included thrombocytopenia.
Immunologic side effects have included chronic disseminated verrucous skin lesions associated with a herpes zoster infection which developed in a child who received immunosuppressive chemotherapy starting 5 days postvaccination. The herpes zoster infection developed 3 months after initiation of chemotherapy and then developed into verrucous lesions. DNA isolated from a lesion biopsy revealed the presence of the Oka vaccine strain of varicella virus, which was acyclovir-resistant.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included myalgia and arthralgia; however, causality was not determined.
Nervous system side effects have included irritability, nervousness, fatigue, and disturbed sleep; however, causality was not determined. Encephalitis, cerebrovascular accident, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Bell's palsy, ataxia, nonfebrile seizures, dizziness, and paresthesia have also been reported.
Respiratory side effects have included upper and lower respiratory illness, cough, and pneumonitis (in <1% of children); however, causality was not determined.
Headache, lymphadenopathy, otitis, eye complaints, and stiff neck have also been reported; however, causality was not determined.Top
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