Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug measles virus vaccine / mumps virus vaccine / rubella virus vaccine / varicella virus vaccine. In healthy adults, injection site reactions and systemic adverse reactions were reported following 17% and 15% of the injections, respectively. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. This information is copied directly from CDC’s Vaccine Information Statements, which in turn are derived from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for each vaccine. After getting the vaccine, a person will have a dime-sized lesion that gradually forms a scab and leaves a scar. Immunization against chickenpox is not recommended for infants younger than 12 months of age. There have been reports of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) in children with no history of infection with wild-type measles but who did receive measles vaccine.
The following additional adverse reactions have been reported with use of the marketed vaccine. If you are instructed to store it in the refrigerator, check with your pharmacist to see if the vaccine must be used within a short time. A vaccine, like any medicine, could cause a serious reaction. 2014 Aug 20;32(37):4758-65. Your doctor can answer specific questions about your situation, especially if you need to follow a different schedule. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice. Tell your doctor about your vaccine history, or if you plan to get a flu shot or other vaccines.
A child should not take any medicine that contains aspirin or another salicylate for at least 6 weeks after receiving Varivax®. Any medication can cause a severe allergic reaction. Unintentional transfer of vaccinia virus associated with smallpox vaccines: ACAM2000(®) compared with Dryvax(®). You or your child should wait 2 months after receiving Varivax® to receive varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG) or other immune globulin medicines. Drugs.com does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of materials provided. Tell your doctor if you or your child is using a medicine that weakens your immune system, such as a steroid or cancer medicine. Varivax® and Zostavax® may not work as well, or they could make you sick.
This happens very rarely. You should not receive either vaccine if you are pregnant or you are planning pregnancy. Also, these vaccines should not be given to a person who has an immune system problem (such as AIDS or HIV, a blood or bone marrow disorder, active and untreated tuberculosis (TB)) or who is taking medicine that weakens the immune system (such as high doses of steroids or medicine to treat cancer). Varivax® and Zostavax® may make you sick if your immune system is already weak, because they are made from a live varicella virus. Zostavax® should not be given to children. It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you feel dizzy, or have vision changes or ringing in the ears.
Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Avoid getting pregnant for 3 months after getting either the Varivax® or Zostavax® vaccine. The virus that is in this vaccine could be passed to others, even if you (or your child) do not feel sick. Avoid close contact with anyone who has a high risk for chicken pox or shingles infection. The waiting time for Varivax® is at least 6 weeks. Brief fainting spells and related symptoms (such as jerking movements) can happen after any medical procedure, including vaccination. Talk to your doctor if you might be with a high-risk person.
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