(HealthDay News) -- The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine can help protect many people from the virus. But it's not recommended for everyone.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies people who should not get the chickenpox shot:
- Anyone who has had a life-threatening reaction to a prior dose of the vaccine, gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin.
- Anyone who is moderately or severely ill. It's recommended that you postpone the shot until you're well.
- Any woman who is pregnant or who is planning to become pregnant within one month of the vaccine.
- Anyone with a compromised immune system, such as those with cancer or AIDS.
- Anyone who has had a recent blood transfusion.
-- Diana Kohnle
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