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Who shouldn't get the chickenpox vaccine?

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You should not be vaccinated against chickenpox if you:

These people should check with their doctor about getting the chickenpox vaccine:

  • Are moderately to severely ill at the time of vaccination
  • Are pregnant (women should not become pregnant for one month after receiving the chickenpox vaccine)
  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine
  • Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
  • People taking steroid drugs
  • People with HIV or another disease that compromises the immune system
  • Patients who recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products

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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