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Who should not get a chickenpox (varicella) vaccine?

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Anyone who is ill when a chickenpox shot is scheduled should wait until the illness passes. Also, anyone who had an allergic reaction to the first shot shouldn't get the second.

Other people who should not get the shot include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone allergic to gelatin
  • People allergic to neomycin
  • Those with an immune system disease
  • Anyone receiving high doses of steroids
  • Those being treated for cancer with X-rays, drugs, or chemotherapy
  • Anyone who had a transfusion or received blood products within five months of the shot

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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