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Side Effects of the MMRV Vaccine

Common Side Effects

MMRV has been studied extensively in clinical trials, during which possible side effects were carefully documented. In addition, side effects reported during actual use of the vaccine after it was approved have been documented.
 
Based on this information, the most common side effects of the MMRV vaccine include but are not limited to:
 
  • Pain, tenderness, or soreness at the injection site -- in up to 41.1 percent of children
  • Fever -- up to 21.5 percent
  • Redness at the injection site -- up to 24.4 percent
  • Swelling at the injection site -- up to 15.6 percent
  • Irritability -- up to 6.7 percent
  • A measles-like rash -- up to 5.1 percent
  • Bruising at the injection site -- up to 3.5 percent
  • A chickenpox-like rash -- up to 2.1 percent
  • A rash just at the injection site -- up to 2 percent.
     

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the MMRV side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a vaccine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects after receiving this vaccine or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to MMRV, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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