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Chickenpox Vaccine for Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is the chickenpox vaccine?

The chickenpox, or varicella, vaccine is an injection given to protect your child from chickenpox. Chickenpox is a disease caused by the varicella virus. The vaccine may be given by itself or combined with other vaccines.

When should my child get the chickenpox vaccine?

Your child should receive 2 doses.

Recommended Chickenpox (VAR) Immunization Schedule

What should I tell my child's doctor before he or she gets the chickenpox vaccine?

What are reasons my child should not get the chickenpox vaccine?

What are reasons my child should wait to get the chickenpox vaccine?

What are the risks of the chickenpox vaccine?

The area where the vaccine was given may be red, tender, or swollen. Your child may still get chickenpox, even after he or she gets the vaccine. Your child may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This can be life-threatening.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What safety precautions are needed after my child gets the chickenpox vaccine?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. 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.

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