What is the role of IV immunoglobulin (IVIG) in the prevention of pediatric chickenpox?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been used to prevent varicella after exposure when VariZIG is not available. Clinical efficacy is not exactly known. Patients already on replacement IVIG do not need VariZIG if their most recent IVIG infusion was within 3 weeks.


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