What should I know about varicella virus vaccine before receiving it?

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People who are allergic to the ingredients in varicella virus vaccine or to neomycin or those who have tuberculosis, relatives with immune system disorders, fever due to infection or respiratory problems or any problems with their bone marrow, immune systems or blood, should not use it. Pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant within 90 days should not receive this vaccine until after delivery. Breastfeeding women should discuss the risks they would be taking by using varicella virus vaccine with their doctor. Parents of children under one year of age should do the same. Wait 60 days before receiving any immune globulin shots to ensure the vaccine takes correctly. Wait six weeks for your body to develop antibodies before taking aspirin or being around people with infections, illnesses or otherwise weakened immune systems. You also may develop an infection if you receive this vaccine while using corticosteroids. Talk to your doctor about any conditions or treatments you have or have had in the past, especially any transfusions or immune globulin shots given in the last five months, cancer, infections, immune system disorders and any allergies, current medications and supplements you take, before receiving varicella virus vaccine.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.