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Patient Information about VARIVAX® (pronounced “VAR ih vax”) Generic name: Varicella Virus Vaccine Live


This is a summary of information about VARIVAX®


. You should read it before you or your child get the vaccine. If you have any questions about the vaccine after reading this leaflet, you should ask your health care provider. This is a summary only. It does not take the place of talking about VARIVAX with your doctor, nurse, or other health care provider. Only your health care provider can decide if VARIVAX is right for you or your child.


What is VARIVAX and how does it work?


VARIVAX is also known as Varicella Virus Vaccine Live. It is a live virus vaccine that is given as a shot. It is meant to help prevent  called varicella (pronounced VAR ih sell a).


VARIVAX contains a weakened form of chickenpox virus.


VARIVAX works by helping the immune system protect you or your child from getting chickenpox.


VARIVAX may not protect everyone who gets it.


VARIVAX does not treat chickenpox once you or your child have it.


What do I need to know about chickenpox?


  It can be passed to others. The illness can include headache, fever, and general discomfort. Then an itchy rash occurs, which can turn into blisters. The most common complication is that the blisters can get infected. Less common but very serious complications can occur. These include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, Reye’s syndrome (which affects the liver and the brain), and death. Severe disease and serious complications are more likely to occur in adolescents and adults.


Who should not get VARIVAX?


Do not get VARIVAX if you or your child:        (This includes gelatin or neomycin See the ingredient list at the end of this leaflet.)


     such as an immune deficiency, an inherited immune disorder, leukemia, lymphoma, or HIV/AIDS.


 or in a shot.


      treated.





      within the next three months.


What should I tell my health care provider before getting VARIVAX?


Tell your health care provider if you or your child:


      transfusions or human serum globulin 


     non-prescription medicines and dietary supplements.)


     allergies to neomycin or gelatin.)


      vaccine.


 within the next three months.


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How is VARIVAX given? VARIVAX is given as a shot to people who are 12 months old or older. If your child is 12 months to 12 years old and your doctor gives a second dose, the second dose must be given at least 3 months after the first shot.


A second dose should be given to those who first get the vaccine when they are 13 years old or older. This second dose should be given 4 to 8 weeks after the first dose.


Your doctor or health care provider will use the official recommendations to decide the number of shots needed and when to get them.


If a dose is missed, your health care provider will let you know when you should have it.


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