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Who shouldn't get the chickenpox vaccine?

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You shouldn't get the chickenpox vaccine if you:

  • Are ill at the time of vaccination
  • Are pregnant
  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine

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 November 12, 2019

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 November 12, 2019

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