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Pain or redness at the injection site, fever, and a chickenpox-like rash are some of the most commonly reported side effects of the varicella vaccine. In most cases, side effects of this vaccine are minor and do not require treatment. However, certain side effects are potentially serious and require medical attention, including seizures, weakness, and unusual bruising.
An Introduction to Varicella Vaccine Side Effects
Serious Side Effects Seen With the Varicella Vaccine
- A high fever
- Any unusual behavior changes in a child (aside from the usual fussiness that typically occurs after vaccinations)
- A seizure (usually related to a high fever)
- Unusual bruising or bleeding (which may be a sign of low blood platelets)
- Weakness, tingling, or paralysis (which may be signs of Guillain-Barré syndrome)
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Difficulty breathing.