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Does the chickenpox vaccine have side effects?

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All medicines have potential side effects. But the side effects associated with the varicella vaccine are generally mild. The most common are pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site. A small percentage of people develop a mild rash, usually around the spot where the shot was given. Severe side effects are very rare.

From: Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Chickenpox Vaccine."

Immunization Action Committee: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

CDC web site: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q & A."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Chickenpox Vaccine."

Immunization Action Committee: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

CDC web site: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q & A."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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