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Chickenpox Vaccine For Children

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The chickenpox vaccine is an injection given to your child to protect him 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 child's skin, lungs, and brain. The chickenpox vaccine may be given by itself or combined with other vaccines.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your child's mouth and throat are swollen.
  • Your child is wheezing or has trouble breathing.
  • Your child has chest pain or his heart is beating faster than usual.
  • Your child feels like he is going to faint.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child's face is red or swollen.
  • Your child has hives that spread over his body.
  • Your child feels weak or dizzy.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or the chickenpox vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to your child's injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

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

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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