Varivax

(Varicella Vaccine)

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Prevents varicella, also known as chickenpox.

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Varivax (Varicella Vaccine) is a safe and effective vaccine for the chickenpox.

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    $225.30
Quick facts about Varicella Vaccine
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Varivax is very safe. It prevents the chickenpox infection in 70 to 90 percent of vaccinated kids.
  • Getting vaccinated with Varivax decreases the number of days children miss school and parents miss work.
  • There is no thimerosal or other preservatives in Varivax.
  • Most people who get Varivax have no side effects.
  • Children who develop chickenpox after being vaccinated are less contagious than unvaccinated children.
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Downsides

  • After being vaccinated with Varivax (Varicella Vaccine), children still have a 20% chance of getting a mild case of chickenpox (varicella).
  • You may get a rash or feel sore at the site of the injection.
  • Some people have felt tired or fussy after getting Varivax (Varicella Vaccine).
  • Some adults get a mild fever two weeks after receiving Varivax (Varicella Vaccine).
  • Since it's a live vaccine, it can't be used in pregnant or people with a weak immune system. Check with your doctor or pharmacist what'll be best for you.
How it works

Varivax (Varicella Vaccine) is a live (but weaken) vaccine that protects against varicella, also known as chickenpox. Allows your body to build memory to protect against the virus, but doesn't cause an actual infection in people with a normal immune system.

Quick facts about Varicella Vaccine
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
Tried Varicella Vaccine? Write a review!

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Side effect rates for Varivax (Varicella Vaccine)

  • Injection-site complaints
    24%24%
  • Fever ≥102.0°F (38.9°C) Oral
    15%15%
  • Fever ≥100.0°F (37.8°C) Oral
    10%10%
  • Varicella-like rash (generalized)
    6%6%
  • Varicella-like rash (injection site)
    3%3%
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Risks and Warnings for Varivax (Varicella Vaccine)

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  • An epinephrine injection should be available for use immediately after receiving Varivax (Varicella Vaccine) because some patients may have an allergic reaction.

Common concerns from people taking Varivax (Varicella Vaccine)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Varicella Vaccine
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