The chickenpox vaccine offers effective protection against chickenpox, is safe and has been given several million times around the world. There are no known long-term side effects.
Redness and soreness in the part of the arm where injection was administered
Mild side effects, such as fever, tiredness or digestion problems are also reported
One in ten people who receive the vaccine will experience a mild rash. This rash is not contagious and it should pass quickly.
The only serious known side effect is an allergic reaction to the vaccine. Allergic reactions to the chickenpox vaccine are extremely rare and believed to affect around one in a million patients who receive the vaccine.
I think I have or my child has been exposed to someone with chickenpox. If I have the vaccine will it stop the disease?
Chickenpox is transmitted directly by close contact or droplet spread and it can take several days for symptoms to develop. If you believe an individual has been exposed to chickenpox and is not showing any symptoms, they may still have the vaccine. Vaccination within 3 days of exposure may help prevent chickenpox or reduce the severity of disease, resulting in fewer skin lesions and a shorter period of illness. However, there is limited information that being vaccinated up to 5 days after exposure may reduce disease severity.