Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine - what you need to know

All content below is taken in its entirety from the CDC Chickenpox Vaccine Information Statement (VIS):

CDC review information for the Chickenpox VIS:

  • Page last reviewed: August 15, 2019
  • Page last updated: August 15, 2019
  • Issue date of VIS: August 15, 2019

Chickenpox, also called varicella, is an acute viral disease. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms include fever, general malaise, and a rash which begins with small reddish bumps (papules) that quickly fill with fluid to form small blisters (vesicles).