The Varicella vaccine, commonly referred to as the Chickenpox vaccine, can cause various adverse reactions and injuries to children and adults alike. 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.
The Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine 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.
The Varivax vaccine, manufactured by Merck & Co., contains the following ingredients (not listed in order of quantity):
The ProQuad vaccine, manufactured by Merck and Co., contains the following ingredients (not listed in order of quantity):
If you or someone you may know has suffered a reaction, illness, or injury after receiving the Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine, compensation may be available from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Call us today for a free case evaluation and speak directly with one of our injury lawyers. We feel that we owe it to our clients to be fully invested into practicing these specific injury claims full time. Click on the graphic below to learn more about our recent vaccine injury settlements for clients across the country.
Page last reviewed and updated: April 10, 2020