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The health care provider should inform the patient, parent, or guardian of the benefits and risks of VARIVAX (varicella virus vaccine live) .

Patients, parents, or guardians should be instructed to report any adverse reactions to their health care provider.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to accept all reports of suspected adverse events after the administration of any vaccine, including but not limited to the reporting of events required by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.25 The VAERS toll-free number for VAERS forms and information is 1-800-822-7967.

Pregnancy should be avoided for three months following vaccination.


25. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System — United States, MMWR 39(41): 730-733, 1990.

Last reviewed on RxList: 10/16/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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