VARIVAX VACCINE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a body temperature higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • fever
  • reactions at the site of the injection
  • runny nose
  • INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • joint pain
  • low energy
  • a skin rash
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • a common cold
  • constipation
  • a type of skin condition with redness and itching called eczema
  • itching
  • decreased appetite
  • cough
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • meningitis not due to an infection
  • low blood counts due to bone marrow failure
  • decreased blood platelets
  • encephalitis
  • inflammation of the spinal cord
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • pneumonia
  • a type of inflammation of the lung called interstitial pneumonitis
  • a type of bacterial skin infection called impetigo
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • erythema or redness of skin or mucous membrane
  • hives
  • neck stiffness
  • muscle pain
  • seizures
  • headache
  • trouble breathing
  • nervousness
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • Bell's palsy paralysis of one side of the face
  • cellulitis
  • acute retinal necrosis
  • IgA vasculitis
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • throat irritation
  • dizziness
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
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