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What should you do if you may be having a serious reaction to the chickenpox vaccine?

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If you think you may be having a serious reaction to the chickenpox vaccine, call your health care provider right away. Make a note of the symptoms you're experiencing, and report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. Women who receive the chickenpox vaccine during pregnancy should contact their health care provider right away. Chickenpox during pregnancy can cause birth defects, so there may be a risk that the chickenpox vaccine could cause the same birth defects. As with other vaccines, the risks associated with the chickenpox vaccine are much lower than the risks associated with the disease itself.

SOURCES: CDC: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A," "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination." Medline Plus: "Chickenpox." Merck Manuals: "Chickenpox." AdultVaccination.org: "Chickenpox (Varicella)." Immunization Action Coalition: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine Questions and Answers."




Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES: CDC: "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A," "Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination." Medline Plus: "Chickenpox." Merck Manuals: "Chickenpox." AdultVaccination.org: "Chickenpox (Varicella)." Immunization Action Coalition: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine Questions and Answers."




Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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