What should I know about Varivax before receiving it?

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While Varivax (varicella virus vaccine) protects most people who get the vaccine against chicken pox, there are people who still get chicken pox, although usually a milder form of it. Varivax is a live vaccine. These vaccines are intended to protect against the virus but sometimes cause the actual disease. Varivax may cause chicken pox in people with a weakened immune system. Varivax is not a treatment for an active chicken pox infection. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have other medical conditions, talk to your doctor before getting the vaccine. In addition, if you have a high fever or an active infection other than a mild cold, talk to your doctor about delaying the vaccine until you have recovered.

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