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The varicella vaccine is used for reducing the risk of chickenpox. It is given as two separate doses, at least one to three months apart (depending on the age of the individual). The vaccine works by "tricking" the body into thinking it has been exposed to chickenpox; the body produces antibodies that will help fight the virus if future exposure occurs.
What Is the Varicella Vaccine?
Potential Side Effects
- Injection site reactions, such as pain or redness
- Chickenpox-like rash.