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Chickenpox Vaccine

Alternate Names : Varicella Vaccine

Chickenpox Vaccine | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The chickenpox vaccine is very safe. Severe allergic reactions are very rare. But it is important to call a doctor right away to report has any new or worsening symptoms.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Chickenpox itself is far more likely to cause serious problems for people at high risk than the vaccine is. Possible side effects of the vaccination include:

  • mild rash, up to 1 month after vaccination
  • mild redness, pain, and swelling at the site of the shot for 1 to 2 days
  • rarely, fever, muscle aches, or another reaction at the site of the shot
  • rarely, seizures resulting from the fever
  • very rarely, a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock, pneumonia, brain damage, or even death

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    Chickenpox Vaccine: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 02/08/02

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