What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Getting Vaccinated?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the varicella vaccine if you have:
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
- Epilepsy or any other nervous system disorder
- An illness or infection (such as the flu)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Had a recent stroke
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Varivax and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Varivax and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Varicella Vaccine to learn more, including information on who should not get vaccinated.)
Thimerosal Content and Other ConcernsPeople who are concerned about exposure to thimerosal (a mercury-containing preservative) can be confident that this vaccine contains no thimerosal, not even in trace amounts. Some people are concerned about aluminum content of vaccines; this vaccine contains no aluminum.
However, this vaccine is made using cell lines developed from aborted human fetuses and guinea pigs.