Is the chickenpox vaccine safe? If given in pregnancy, what is risk?

Varicella vaccine. The varicella vaccine is a pregnancy category c. This means animal studies show adverse fetal effect(s) but no controlled human studies or no animal or human studies; weigh possible fetal risk vs. Maternal benefit. With no humal controlled studies, i would not take the vaccine.
Would avoid it. We generally recommend avoiding any live virus vaccine (like varicella) in pregnancy out of caution.The vaccine is a weakened strain of the wild virus & wild virus infections are known to cause a few problems during pregnancy.Most of the risk to baby comes if you have varicella around the time of delivery. If you test as not immune, I would get the vaccine after delivery & avoid exposures now.

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Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Yes. As with all recommended childhood vaccines, the chicken pox vaccine helps prevent such serious complications of the chicken pox virus as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. It is considered safe in healthy patients, but may cause an allergic reaction in few. Because it is a live vaccine, it should not be given to pregnant women or immunocompromised patients. Read more...
No. It is safe for most but no vaccine is entirely safe- it can cause fever, rash, seizures & pneumonia. Kids who get chickenpox are immune for life. Kids vaccinated for chickenpox are at risk of catching it as an adult, when it it much more serious: chickenpox fatality in kids is 1 in 100, 000, for adults 31 in 100, 000. If relying on the vaccine you'll need boosters, but the vaccine fails in >14%. Read more...
Yes. The chicken pox vaccine has been used in many countries for many years, and is very safe. Children who have weakened immune systems or those with strong allergies to the vaccine's ingredients should not get the vaccine. The hope is that by getting the vaccine, children will avoid getting shingles in the future. Shingles is a recurrence with the same virus, but can cause significant permanent pain. Read more...
Absolutely. The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort. It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts. Read more...