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What are the side effects of varicella virus vaccine?

Common side effects of varicella virus vaccine include: skin changes or pain at the site of the injection, slight rash and fever. These generally do not need a doctor's visit unless they become severe. More serious side effects include: severe skin reactions or color change, change in skin sensation, seizures, serious headaches, unexpected bruises, abnormal bleeding and a rash that looks like chicken pox. If you receive the varicella virus vaccine and experience these or other worrisome side effects, call your doctor right away. If you or your child has any signs of serious allergic reaction, such as labored breathing, chest pain or swelling of the face, get emergency medical help right away.

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