What are the possible adverse effects of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccination?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Adverse effects of the vaccination include pain and erythema at the site of injection, allergic reactions to gelatin, and the development of a localized chickenpox. Vaccine-induced herpes zoster infection in immunocompetent and immunocompromised populations has also been reported, though it is a rare phenomenon. Rarer still is the transmission of vaccine-associated virus from vaccinated individuals to susceptible contacts.

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