What is this medicine?
VARICELLA VIRUS VACCINE (var uh SEL uh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN) is used to prevent infections of chickpox.
How should I use this medicine?
This vaccine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional.
A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
extreme changes in behavior
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever over 102 degrees F
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
aches or pains
low-grade fever under 102 degrees F
loss of appetite
redness, pain, swelling at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
medicines to treat cancer
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
Keep appointments for follow-up (booster) doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
blood disorders or disease
cancer like leukemia or lymphoma
immune system problems or therapy
infection with fever
recent immune globulin therapy
an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, neomycin, gelatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant