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Side Effects of the Varicella Vaccine

Common Varicella Vaccine Side Effects

The varicella vaccine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which all possible side effects were monitored and recorded. In these studies, the most common side effects included:
 
  • Injection site reactions (such as redness, pain, or swelling) -- in up to 32.5 percent of people
  • Fever -- up to 14.7 percent
  • A chickenpox-like rash -- up to 5.5 percent.
     
Other common side effects (occurring in at least 1 percent of people, although the exact percentages were not reported) included, but were not limited to:
 
  • Upper respiratory illness (such as the common cold)
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Muscle pain
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Nausea
  • A general ill feeling
  • Diarrhea
  • Stiff neck
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Cold sores or canker sores.
     

Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the varicella vaccine side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects with the vaccine. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a varicella vaccine side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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