Varicella Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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Vaccine,Varicella (Varivax )
Live attenuated virus vaccine.

No cases of congenital varicella syndrome were identified after first and second trimester exposure among 56 live births, but the sample size is too small to draw firm conclusions [1] .The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers the vaccine to be contraindicated during pregnancy [2]. Nonpregnant women who are vaccinated should avoid becoming pregnant for 1 month following each injection [3].
BREAST FEEDING: Compatible [4].


1. Shields KE, Galil K, Seward J, Sharrar RG, Cordero JF, Slater E. Varicella vaccine exposure during pregnancy: data from the first 5 years of the pregnancy registry. Obstet Gynecol. 2001 Jul;98(1):14-9.MEDLINE
2. ACOG Committee Opinion. Immunization during pregnancy.Obstet Gynecol. 2003 ;101:207-12.MEDLINE
3.Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevention of Varicella: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 45 (No. RR-11): 19, 1996.
4. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. General Recommendations on Immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 43 (No. RR-1): 20-21, 1994.

Created: 11/27/2002
Last Update: 11/30/2003

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