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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.


• 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.


• 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.



Also found in…





Amino acids

Red meat, quinoa


Human albumin

Drug manufacturing



Milk, yogurt



Artificial sweeteners

Porcine gelatin


Lunch meats, frozen desserts

Fetal bovine serum



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



Table Sugar



Human body

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