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Brand name: Varivax Refrigerated

Varivax Refrigerated is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) chickenpox live vaccine. On this page you will find out more about Varivax Refrigerated, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: chickenpox live vaccine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Varivax Refrigerated (1 x 1350 PFU vaccine vial, 1 x 0.7 mL inert diluent syringe), 1 pack

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

VARIVAX REFIGERATED is indicated for vaccination against varicella in healthy individuals 12 months of age and older. Groups who would particulary benefit from vaccination include: Non-immune adults, especially those in at-risk occupations such as health-care workers, teachers and workers in children's day-care centres; Non-immune parents of young children; and Non-immune household contacts, both adults and children, of immunocompromised patients with no history of disease. Revaccination: The duration of protection of VARIVAX REFRIGERATED is unknown at present and the need for booster doses is not defined. However, a boost in antibody levels has been observed in vaccinees following exposure to natural varicella as well as following a booster dose of varicella vaccine (Oka/Merck) administered four to six years postvaccination. In a highly vaccinated population, immunity for some individuals may wane due to lack of exposure to natural varicella as a result of shifting epidemiology. Post-marketing surveillance studies are ongoing to evaluate the need and timing for booster vaccination. Vaccination with VARIVAX REFRIGERATED may not result in protection of all healthy, susceptible children, adolescents and adults (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Medicine schedule
0.5mL Single dose vial and prefilled syringe x 1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
0.5mL Single dose vial and prefilled syringex 10: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
Part 1
Part 1
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Part 2
Part 2
Visual appearance Clear colourless solution.
Dosage Form Diluent, not applicable
Route of administration Subcutaneous

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Syringe
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Do not Freeze
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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