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When and How to Get Vaccinated

Some general considerations include the following:
  • This vaccine is given as two separate doses, given at least one to three months apart (depending on the age of the individual).
  • Varivax is given subcutaneously (just under the skin) on the upper arm.
  • Individuals can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the individual is moderately or severely ill.

Varivax Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this vaccine, although the exact vaccination schedule varies, depending on the age of the individual at the first dose.
(Click Varivax Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any vaccine, Varivax may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well, with only minor side effects (if any).
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Injection site reactions, such as pain or redness
  • Fever
  • Chickenpox-like rash.
(Click Varivax Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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Varivax Vaccine Information

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