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Merck Changes Chickenpox Vaccine Insert to Include Shedding as a Side Effect

The U.S. FDA quietly approved a change in the package insert for Merck’s Varivax, or chickenpox vaccine, to include secondary transmission of the virus as a side effect of the vaccine. What this means is that Merck is admitting that recently vaccinated individuals can shed the virus (secondary transmission) to “susceptible,” i.e., unvaccinated, people. This can include “healthy as well as high-risk” individuals, the FDA said. Coincidentally, the varicella...

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