- It is used to prevent measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), and varicella (chickenpox).
- If your child has an allergy to any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has any of these health problems: A blood disease, a weak immune system like HIV or AIDS, active TB (tuberculosis) that is not being treated, an illness with a fever, cancer in the bone marrow or lymph systems like leukemia or lymphoma, or low blood levels of gamma globulin.
- If your child is taking any drugs to suppress the immune system. This may be certain doses of steroids like prednisone. This does not apply to children taking steroids for certain health problems like Addison’s disease. There are many drugs that can suppress the immune system. Ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- If your child has had any of these within the past 5 months: Blood transfusion, plasma transfusion, immune globulin like varicella-zoster immune globulin.
If your child is pregnant:
- If your child is pregnant or plans to get pregnant within the next 3 months. Do not give this drug to your child if she is pregnant or if she is planning to get pregnant within the next 3 months.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If your child has a TB skin test soon after getting this vaccine, tell the doctor that your child has gotten the vaccine.
- This drug may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- Rarely, your child can spread the chickenpox virus to others after getting this vaccine. When able to, have your child avoid close contact with certain people. People like newborns, pregnant women who have not had chickenpox, and people with weak immune systems. Do this for up to 6 weeks after your child gets this vaccine. Talk with the doctor if your child cannot avoid close contact with these people.
- Children may have a fever after getting this vaccine. Some children have had a seizure caused by fever. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- If your child is allergic to eggs, talk with the doctor.
- Do not give aspirin or products like aspirin for at least 6 weeks after your child gets this vaccine. The chance of a very bad illness called Reye’s syndrome may be raised. Reye’s syndrome causes damage to the brain and liver.
- Do not give this drug to a child younger than 1 year of age.
- This drug is not approved for use in children older than 12 years of age or in adults. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is or may be sexually active:
- Have your child use birth control to prevent pregnancy for 3 months after taking this drug.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy.
- If your child gets pregnant within 3 months after getting this vaccine, call the doctor right away.
- Tell the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about any risks to the baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Feeling fussy.
- It is given as a shot under the skin.
- Your child’s doctor will give this drug.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.