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Types of Chickenpox Vaccine

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There are two chickenpox vaccines that are licensed in the United States—Varivax® and ProQuad®.

Varivax®

  • Contains only chickenpox vaccine
  • Licensed for use in children 12 months and older, adolescents, and adults
  • Can be given to children for their routine two doses of chickenpox vaccine at 12 through 15 months old and 4 through 6 years old

ProQuad®

ProQuad® is not available right now. For information about vaccine supply, see the Merck Vaccines web site.

  • Contains a combination of measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox) vaccines, which is also called MMRV
  • Only licensed for use in children 12 months through 12 years old
  • Can be given to children for their routine two doses of chickenpox vaccine at 12 through 15 months old and 4 through 6 years old
  • Children who get the first dose of this vaccine at 12 to 23 months old may have a higher chance of a seizure caused by fever. This is in comparison to children who get the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the chickenpox vaccine separately during a doctor visit. But, these seizures are not common. They may be scary for parents, but they are not harmful to children. Talk with a doctor if you have questions.

For more information, see

For package inserts, see Varivax® and ProQuad®.

 

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