Chickenpox Vaccine Injuries
and Adverse Reactions

How common are these injuries?

Chickenpox vaccine injuries and adverse reactions do happen when incorrectly administered. If you have suffered an injury, learn more about the VICP here.

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Have you suffered a Chickenpox vaccine injury?

The Varicella vaccine, commonly referred to as the Chickenpox vaccine, can cause various adverse reactions and injuries to children and adults alike such as a SIRVA injury. As the Varicella/Chickenpox virus is extremely contagious, children between the ages of one (1) and 12 years old usually receive two (2) doses of the vaccine in the United States. The first dose being between 12 and 15 months of age, while the second being administered between four (4) and six (6) years of age. In rare occasions, persons 13 years or older who have not received the vaccination should be administered two (2) doses of the vaccine at least 28 days apart. If you or a loved one has been injured by the Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine or has suffered an adverse reaction, call us today for a free case evaluation as you may be entitled to compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. 


What is the Chickenpox vaccine?

The Chickenpox vaccine is also referred to as the Varicella vaccine. It contains a live agent called the Varicella-Zoster virus. Although the intended impact of the vaccine is to protect those who are vaccinated from Chickenpox itself, one adverse reaction of receiving the vaccine is being infected by a weakened strain of the virus after the shot is administered. Chickenpox symptoms consist of fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and severe headaches. Serious adverse reactions can also lead to skin infections, blood vessel inflammation, brain swelling, Encephalitis, meningitis, blood stream infections, and even pneumonia.

There are two (2) licensed and Food and Drug Administration approved Varicella/Chickenpox vaccines in the U.S. - Varivax and ProQuad. Varivax only contains the Chickenpox vaccine and is given to children above the age of 12 months as well as adults. The ProQuad vaccine contains a combination of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella/Chickenpox vaccines, which is commonly called the MMRV.


What is in the Chickenpox vaccine?

The Varivax vaccine, manufactured by Merck & Co., contains the following ingredients (not listed in order of quantity):

  • Sucrose
  • Hydrolyzed gelatin
  • Urea (refrigerated vaccine only)
  • Sodium chloride
  • Monosodium L-glutamate
  • Sodium phosphate dibasic
  • Potassium phosphate monobasic
  • Potassium chloride
  • Components of MRC-5 cells (DNA, protein)
  • Neomycin
  • Bovine calf serum
  • Sodium phosphate monobasic
  • EDTA
  • Fetal bovine serum

The ProQuad vaccine, manufactured by Merck and Co., contains the following ingredients (not listed in order of quantity):

  • Sucrose
  • Hydrolyzed gelatin
  • Sodium chloride
  • Sorbitol
  • Monosodium L-glutamate
  • Sodium phosphate dibasic
  • Human albumin
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Potassium phosphate monobasic
  • Potassium choloride
  • Potassium phosphate dibasic
  • Components of MRC-5 cells (DNA, protein)
  • Neomycin
  • Bovine calf serum

Recently, My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Max Muller was interviewed by NBC Philadelphia about Chickenpox vaccine injuries from vaccines along with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a federal compensation program for vaccine injuries in the United States.

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Compensation for Chickenpox vaccine injuries

If you suffered an adverse reaction, illness, or injury after receiving the Chickenpox vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It is important to note that there is no charge for your case evaluation, so contact us today and speak directly with one of our industry leading vaccine injury attorneys.


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Page last reviewed and updated: January 4, 2021

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