VARICELLA VIRUS (CHICKENPOX) VACCINE

(VAR i SEL a VYE rus vax EEN) Brand: Varivax

What is the most significant information I must know about this vaccine?

• The varicella vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot is generally given to a baby who is 12 to 15 months old. The booster shot is then given at 4 to 6 years of age, or at least 3 months after the first dose.

• If you are at least 13 years old and you have never had chickenpox or received this vaccine, you must receive two varicella virus vaccines at least 28 days apart.

• Your individual booster schedule may be various from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by your local health department.

• Be certain you receive all recommended doses of this vaccine. If you do not receive the full series of vaccines, you may not be fully protected against the disease.

• You can still receive a vaccine if you have a cool or fever. In the case of a more severe diseases with a fever or any type of infection, wait before you get better till receiving this vaccine.

• Do not give salicylates such as aspirin, Disalcid, Doan's Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal, and others to a baby under 18 for at least 6 weeks after he or she has received varicella vaccine. A serious condition called Reye's Syndrome has been reported in young people with chickenpox who take aspirin or salicylates.

• You must not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

• Hold track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. When you receive a booster doze, you will need to speak the doctor if the previous shots caused any side effects.

• Becoming infected with chickenpox is many more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. Like any medication, this vaccine can reason side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

What is varicella virus vaccine?

• Varicella (commonly known as chickenpox) is a general childhood malady that causes fever, skin rash, and a breakout of fluid-filled blisters on the skin. Most people who receive this vaccine will not get chickenpox, or will get only a mild case and will recover faster.

• Chickenpox is generally mild, but it can be serious or even fatal in young infants and in adults. It can lead to severe skin infection, breathing problems, brain hurt, or death. A face who has had chickenpox can develop herpes zoster (also called shingles) later in life, which causes severe nerve pain, and hearing or vision problems, which may recent for months or years.

• Chickenpox is spread from face to face through the air, or by coming into contact with the fluid from a chickenpox blister.

Varicella virus vaccine is for use in adults and children who are at least 12 months old.

• This vaccine works by exposing you to a little doze of the virus or a protein from the virus, which causes the body to develop immunity to the malady. This vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.

• Like any vaccine, the varicella virus vaccine may not provide protection from malady in each person.

What must I discuss with my healthcare provider till receiving this vaccine?

• You must not receive this vaccine if you are allergic to gelatin, neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab), or if you have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any vaccine containing varicella.

• You must also not receive this vaccine if you have:

· active tuberculosis infection that is not being treated;

· a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome;

· a chronic malady such as asthma or another breathing mess, diabetes, kidney malady, or blood cell mess such as anemia;

· if you or somebody in your household has severe immune suppression caused by malady (such as cancer, HIV, or AIDS), or by receiving determined medicines such as steroids, chemotherapy or radiation;

· if you are under 18 years old and have recently taken aspirin or another similar medicines such as Disalcid, Doan's Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal, and others;

· if you have recently received a stem cell transplant; or

· if you are pregnant.

• Till receiving varicella virus (Chickenpox) vaccine, conversation to your doctor if you have:

· thrombocytopenia purpura (easy bruising or bleeding);

· active tuberculosis infection; or

· if you have received an immune globulin or another blood product within the past year.

• You can still receive a vaccine if you have a cool or fever. In the case of a more severe diseases with a fever or any type of infection, wait before you get better till receiving this vaccine.

• Avoid becoming pregnant for at least 3 months after receiving a varicella vaccine.

• Do not receive this vaccine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is this vaccine given?

• This vaccine is given as an injection (shot) under the skin. You will receive this injection in a doctor's office or another clinic setting.

• The varicella vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot is generally given to a baby who is 12 to 15 months old. The booster shot is then given at 4 to 6 years of age, or at least 3 months after the first dose.

• If you are at least 13 years old and you have never had chickenpox or received this vaccine, you must receive two varicella virus vaccines at least 28 days apart.

• Your individual booster schedule may be various from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by your local health department.

• Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) when the shot is given and for the following 24 hours. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how many of this medication to take.

• It is especially significant to prevent fever from occurring if you have a seizure mess such as epilepsy.

• This vaccine can reason false results on a skin test for tuberculosis. Speak any doctor who treats you if you have received a varicella virus vaccine within the past 4 to 6 weeks.

What happens if I miss a dose?

• Contact your doctor if you will miss a booster doze or if you get behind schedule. The following doze must be given as soon as possible. There is no need to start over.

• Be certain you receive all recommended doses of this vaccine. If you do not receive the full series of vaccines, you may not be fully protected against the disease.

What happens if I overdose?

• An overdose of this vaccine is unlikely to occur.

What must I avoid till or after receiving this vaccine?

• For at least 6 weeks after receiving a varicella vaccine, avoid coming into contact with newborn infants, pregnant women who have never had chickenpox, and anyone who has a weak immune system. There is a chance that you could pass the virus to a face with a weak immune system or no immunity to chickenpox.

What are the possible side effects of this vaccine?

• You must not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

• Hold track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. When you receive a booster doze, you will need to speak the doctor if the previous shots caused any side effects.

• Becoming infected with chickenpox is many more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. Like any medication, this vaccine can reason side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

• Get abnormal medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your person, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

· cough, tight feeling in your chest, breathing problems;

· seizure (black-out or convulsions);

· light bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;

· behavior changes; or

· tall fever (within a little hours or a little weeks after the vaccine).

• Smaller serious side effects include:

· redness, pain, or swelling where the shot was given;

· low fever;

· mild skin rash;

· runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat;

· headache, weary feeling;

· sleep problems (insomnia);

· joint or muscle pain; or

· nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea.

• This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may message vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-822-7967.

What another drugs will affect varicella virus vaccine?

• Do not use salicylates (aspirin or aspirin containing products) for at least six weeks after receiving the vaccine. A serious condition called Reye's Syndrome has been reported in patients with chicken pox taking salicylates.

• Till receiving this vaccine, speak the doctor about all another vaccines you have recently received.

• Also speak the doctor if you have recently received drugs or treatments that can weaken the immune system, including:

· an oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable steroid medicine;

· medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or another autoimmune disorders, such as azathioprine (Imuran), efalizumab (Raptiva), etanercept (Enbrel), leflunomide (Arava), and others; or

· medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection, such as basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf), muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).

• If you are using any of these medications, you may not be able to receive the vaccine, or may need to wait before the another treatments are finished.

• There may be another drugs that can affect this vaccine. Speak your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you have received. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal commodity, and drugs predesigned by another doctors. Do not start using a new medicine without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

• Your doctor or pharmacist may have information about this vaccine written for health professionals that you may read. You may also find additional information from your local health department or the Centers for Malady Control and Prevention.

Remember, hold this and all another medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medicine only for the indication prescribed.

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