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Varivax Warnings and Precautions

Who Should Not Get Varivax?

You should not receive this vaccine if you:
  • Have had a serious reaction to any component of the Varivax vaccine, including inactive ingredients such as gelatin or neomycin. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukemia.
  • Are taking immune-suppressing medications (see Varivax Drug Interactions).
  • Have an immune-suppressing medical condition, such as HIV or AIDS.
  • Have a family history of immune-suppressing conditions (unless you know for sure that you do not also have the condition).
  • Have active untreated tuberculosis.
  • Are ill with a fever.
  • Are pregnant.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which Varivax should not be received, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before getting vaccinated. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific warnings or precautions with Varivax that may apply to you.
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