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Immunization

Varicella (Chickenpox)

The varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox disease.
• Routinely given to all children at 15 months of age.
• A booster dose of this vaccine is given to all children at 4 to 6 years of age as MMRV vaccine, which also protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
• All children born on or after Jan 1, 2000 are eligible for two doses of this vaccine free (publicly funded).
• This vaccine may be recommended for others based on risk factors, however they would have to purchase this vaccine.
• 99.4% of those fully vaccinated are protected against varicella.
• 97% of those fully vaccinated are still protected against varicella 5 years post vaccination.
• At this time there are no other ways to prevent this disease.
• Hand washing and covering the mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing can help reduce the spread of disease.
• The risk of a serious reaction or side effect from this vaccine is much less than the risk of varicella.
• If you experience any side effect worse than what is listed below, please seek medical advice and notify the health unit.

Common

• Pain, swelling and redness where needle was given.
• Low grade fever.

Less Common

• Varicella like rash where needle was given usually within 5-26 days after the needle was given.

Rare

• Anaphylaxis

• Anyone with an allergy to any of the vaccine components or who has had an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to this vaccine.
• Anyone with an immune system that isn’t working properly.
• Anyone with blood disorders or cancers affecting the bone marrow, blood or lymphatic system.
• Anyone who is pregnant. Women should delay pregnancy for one month after receiving a live vaccine.
• Anyone with active, untreated tuberculosis (TB).
• Anyone who has had another live vaccine in the last 4 weeks.

Varivax®III

Varilrix®

Also found in…

Neomycin

Neomycin

Antibiotics

 

Amino acids

Red meat, quinoa

 

Human albumin

Drug manufacturing

 

Lactose

Milk, yogurt

 

Polyalcohols

Artificial sweeteners

Porcine gelatin

 

Lunch meats, frozen desserts

Fetal bovine serum

 

Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatories

Monosodium L-glutamate

 

Tomatoes, parmesan cheese

Potassium chloride

 

Chocolate milk, Yogurt

Potassium phosphate monobasic

 

Food additive

Sodium chloride

 

Table salt

Sodium phosphate dibasic

 

Laxatives, food additive-emulsifier, leavening agent for baked goods

Sucrose

 

Table Sugar

Urea

 

Human body

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