Chickenpox is an illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and a rash that includes itchy, skin lesions. The virus usually lasts around 4-7 days.

There are two types of chickenpox vaccines available in the U.S., Merck’s VARIVAX and their combined MMR/Varicella vaccine PROQUAD. Read the full inserts HERE and HERE 

It is a live virus vaccine. According to the CDC, “Some people who have been vaccinated against chickenpox can still get the disease.

However, the symptoms are usually milder, with fewer or no blisters (or just red spots), mild or no fever, and shorter duration of illness. But some vaccinated people who get chickenpox may have disease similar to unvaccinated people.” (1)


Below are some possible adverse events from the vaccine:

  • Anaphylaxis (including anaphylactic shock) and related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema, facial edema, and peripheral edema
  • Aplastic anemia; thrombocytopenia (including idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) (A bleeding disorder.)
  • Varicella (vaccine strain)
  • Encephalitis; cerebrovascular accident; transverse myelitis; Guillain-Barré syndrome; Bell’s palsy; ataxia; non-febrile seizures; aseptic meningitis; meningitis; dizziness; paresthesia.
  • Pharyngitis; pneumonia/pneumonitis.
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; Henoch-Schönlein purpura; secondary bacterial infections of skin and soft tissue including impetigo and cellulitis; herpes zoster.


Additionally, the CDC states that a child should not receive the varicella vaccine if they have an immediate family member with an autoimmune disease.



Review of the United States universal varicella vaccination program: Herpes zoster incidence rates, cost-effectiveness, and vaccine efficacy based primarily on the Antelope Valley Varicella Active Surveillance Project data

Varicella Vaccination Alters the Chronological Trends of Herpes Zoster and


Contacts with varicella or with children and protection against herpes zoster in adults: a case-control study

Varicella and Varicella Vaccination in South Korea

Younger Age at Vaccination May Increase Risk of Varicella Vaccine Failure

Primary Vaccine Failure after 1 Dose of Varicella Vaccine in Healthy Children



Study: Severe Breakthrough Varicella Occurring From Chickenpox Vaccination

Is the Chickenpox Vaccine Creating a Shingles Epidemic?

The Truth Behind the Chicken Pox Vaccine

Disingenuous CDC Study Confirms Danger of Chicken-pox Vaccine


Are we really still vaccinating for the chickenpox? Let’s break some stuff down.

The introduction of the vaccine reduced cases of chickenpox.

Cool, but at what cost?

We now know that due to the lack of naturally occurring chickenpox infections, shingles cases amongst adults are skyrocketing, leaving the elderly at risk for developing complications from shingles. And no, the shingles vaccine isn’t worth getting either, FYI.

Not to mention, chickenpox vaccination failure is a huge issue. “Immunity” from the vaccine wanes over time leaving older children (who have already received the vaccine) susceptible to contracting the disease at an age where there is a higher risk of complications.

The illness itself IS NOT A BIG DEAL. We all had it as children, remember?  It’s uncomfortable for a few days, but then you gain lifetime immunity (unlike with the vaccine) AND recovering from chickenpox naturally also provides a certain amount of protection from cardiovascular disease and different cancers!

So, can we please just take this unnecessary vaccine off of the market already?