Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease. It produces a fever, decreased energy and a characteristic rash. In rare cases chicken pox can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (brain swelling) or death. The chickenpox vaccine is a great way to prevent these serious conditions.
The purpose of the chickenpox vaccine is to help prevent the disease. The chickenpox vaccine is 95 percent effective against severe disease. A small percentage of children who respond to the vaccine will still develop mild disease. Talk to your medical provider about where you can get a chickenpox vaccine.
Some chicken pox vaccine side effects can include:
- Soreness, redness, discomfort at site of injection
- A chickenpox-like rash (around five lesions) at the injection site or elsewhere on the body