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Precautions and Warnings With the Varicella Vaccine

Who Should Not Get the Varicella Vaccine?

You should not receive this vaccine if you:
  • Have had a serious reaction to any component of the varicella vaccine, including inactive ingredients such as gelatin or neomycin. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukemia.
  • Are taking immune-suppressing medications (see Drug Interactions With the Varicella Vaccine).
  • Have an immune-suppressing medical condition, such as HIV or AIDS.
  • Have a family history of immune-suppressing conditions (unless you know for sure that you do not also have the condition).
  • Have active untreated tuberculosis.
  • Are ill with a fever.
  • Are pregnant.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which the varicella vaccine should not be received, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before getting vaccinated. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific warnings or precautions that may apply to you.
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