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Varicella Vaccine



Varicella Vaccine is used to prevent varicella (viral infection which causes an itchy and blister like rash on the skin).

How it works

Varicella zoster vaccine is a live (attenuated) virus that produces substances (antibody) that kills the viruses (varicella, zoster).

Common side effects

Abnormal involuntary movements, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Blood vessel inflammation, Convulsion, Diarrhoea, Drowsiness, Headache, Increased bleeding tendency, Bruise, Injection site reaction, Irritation, Itching, Sick, Feeling of discomfort, Rash, Blister, Running nose, Cough, Sore throat, Stomach pain, Urticaria, Fatigue, Reduced blood platelets, Blister painful


Expert advice

  • Do not use if you are allergic to varicella zoster vaccine, or any other chickenpox vaccine, neomycin or an antibiotic used to treat skin infections.
  • Do not use varicella zoster vaccine if you have a high temperature (fever).
  • Do not use varicella zoster vaccine if you are suffering from HIV or AIDS.
  • Avoid taking varicella zoster vaccine during pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions

Varicella Vaccine

Q.Does varicella vaccine prevent Varicella zoster infection?
Yes, varicella zoster vaccine is used in the treatment of varicella zoster infection

Q.Does varicella vaccine prevent chicken pox?
Yes, varicella zoster vaccine is used to treat chicken pox

Q.Is shingles vaccine same as chicken pox vaccine?
Yes, varicella zoster vaccine is used for the treatment of shingles and chicken pox.

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