Questions & Answers
Chickenpox - The Vaccine
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  1. Who should NOT receive the chickenpox vaccine?
    • Children with weakened immune systems and those with life-threatening allergies to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin
    • Pregnant women should not receive this vaccine, as the possible effects on fetal development are unknown. Non-pregnant women of childbearing age who have never had the disease may be immunized against chickenpox to avoid contracting the disease while pregnant.


    The Immunization Action Coalition and the Hepatitis B Coalition

    Immunization Healthcare Branch

    Developed in cooperation with the Immunization Action Coalition and the Centers for Disease & Control and Prevention (CDC).