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Chickenpox Vaccine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is the chickenpox vaccine?

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

Why may I need the chickenpox vaccine?

You may need the vaccine if you never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. You will need 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart. You are at higher risk for chickenpox and may need the vaccine if:

What should I tell my doctor before I get the chickenpox vaccine?

What are reasons I should not get the chickenpox vaccine?

What are reasons I should wait to get the chickenpox vaccine?

Treatment options

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

What are the risks of the chickenpox vaccine?

The area where the vaccine was given may be red, tender, or swollen. You may still get chickenpox, even after you get the vaccine. You may also get shingles later. Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella virus. The chickenpox vaccine will lower your risk for shingles, but you may still get it. You may also have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This can be life-threatening.

What do I need to know about safety after the chickenpox vaccine?

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

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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