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Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

INFORMATION

Uses

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus is used to prevent chickenpox and shingles.

How it works

Live attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus vaccine belongs to a group of drugs called vaccines. It works by activating the immune system to produce antibodies (specific immune compounds) against varicella virus thereby providing immunity from future infections.

Common side effects

Pain, Fever, Headache, Injection site itching, Skin rash, Skin redness, Swelling

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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have any immune system diseases like HIV infection, or if you are taking medicines that affect your immune system as the decision for vaccination will depend upon your immune responses.
  • Before receiving vaccine inform your doctor if you had any life threatening allergies.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty in breathing, swelling of lips, face or tongue.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.
  • Do not take ifallergic to varicella-zoster virus vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take in high-grade fever, active infection like untreated tuberculosis.
  • Do not take with any blood disorders or any type of malignant cancers including leukemia and lymphomas that affects the immune system.
  • Do not take if  receiving immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Do not take if  having history of congenital (present at birth) or hereditary immunodeficiency or HIV infection or AIDS.
  • Do not consumed if below < 9 months.
  • Do not take in case of Pregnant women.
 


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)