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Found 784 cases where Vaccine targets Varicella (MMRV or VARCEL) and Disabled and Vaccination Date on/before '2019-05-31'



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VAERS ID: 189429 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 1.5  
Sex: Male  
Location: California  
Vaccinated:2000-05-03
Onset:2000-05-03
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2002-05-13
   Days after onset:740
Entered: 2002-08-28
   Days after submission:107
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
HEP: HEP B (NO BRAND NAME) / UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER - / UNK - / IM
MMR: MEASLES + MUMPS + RUBELLA (MMR II) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / UNK - / IM
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / UNK - / IM

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Autism, Encephalopathy, Immune system disorder, Neurodevelopmental disorder, Rash
SMQs:, Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (narrow), Chronic kidney disease (broad), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: NONE
Current Illness: NONE
Preexisting Conditions: Bronchiolitis-mild
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Stool analysis, IEP, immunologies, spectra cell, urine, MRI, EEG, organic amino acids
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Autism/encephalopathy. Starting only since vaccine. Severe rash. Dx given by MD. Follow up states pt did not recover. Encephalopathy, autism. Large gross delays in language, auditory processing, social interaction, immunological development, G I absorption. Also very strange behaviors that are involuntary (such as banging head) occur virtually constantly. Pt may not have been a good candidate for 3 vaccines to be given at one time because he might''ve had a poorly developed immune system and may have been fighting an earlier infection.


VAERS ID: 189433 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 7.5  
Sex: Female  
Location: Minnesota  
Vaccinated:1999-07-20
Onset:1999-07-20
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2002-08-18
   Days after onset:1125
Entered: 2002-08-28
   Days after submission:10
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0304J / 1 LA / SC

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Anorexia, Asthma, Blood glucose increased, Dermatitis bullous, Diabetes mellitus, Ear pain, Headache, Infection, Pyrexia, Skin papilloma, Somnolence, Tooth disorder, Weight decreased
SMQs:, Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (narrow), Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Asthma/bronchospasm (narrow), Hyperglycaemia/new onset diabetes mellitus (narrow), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Eosinophilic pneumonia (broad), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (broad)

Life Threatening? Yes
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations: Type 1 Diabetes~Varicella (Varivax)~1~7.00~In Patient
Other Medications:
Current Illness: Chickenpox
Preexisting Conditions: NONE
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: 10/26/99-Glucose-S 656mg/dL; HgB A/C 13.8%
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Pt was given Varivax when actually had chickenpox. The doctor did not notice the spots upon 7 yr check up. She became very sick that night with very high temps. over 103 F lasting for a week. She screamed when the lesions burst and said it felt like an electric shock over her body. Very sleepy, not appetite, many lesions over entire body-ears, mouth, private parts. Doctor called us in to surgery. Said vaccine made it better. Gave creams and Tylenol. Lasted 10 days. For next 3 months of weight loss, no appetite, headaches, skin warts, earaches, asthma, teeth troubles, finally diagnosed Type I diabetic on 10/26/99. I believe with all my heart and with the natural instincts of a mother that the vaccine of chickenpox given at time being sick with natural chickenpox totally compromise pt''s immune system and made her double sick and sick on and off for the next 3 months until she was "officially" diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. i do not believe this would have happened if she was not given the Varicella vaccine. I truly hope you consider the necessity of the vaccine being one that a family doctor "bullies" you into giving your otherwise healthy child. Respectfully signature. PS. So my child has not recovered and will not recover until a CURE id discovered for Type 1 Diabetes. Until that time, we are in " slavery" to the Pharmacuetic Industry" An annual follow up report received 10/09/2003 adds: Pt is a Type 1 diabetic and will remain so. This will only change if a cure is discovered. I want to stress once more that the CDC review this vaccine as a causer of diabetics in children.


VAERS ID: 190207 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 1.25  
Sex: Male  
Location: Texas  
Vaccinated:1997-06-18
Onset:1997-07-15
   Days after vaccination:27
Submitted: 2002-12-19
   Days after onset:1983
Entered: 2002-09-17
   Days after submission:93
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
DTP: DTP (NO BRAND NAME) / UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER 443269 / 3 LL / -
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0249D / 1 RL / -

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Autism, Cognitive disorder, Drug toxicity, Neurodevelopmental disorder, Pyrexia, Speech disorder
SMQs:, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Drug abuse and dependence (broad), Psychosis and psychotic disorders (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations: ~Measles + Mumps + Rubella (MMR II)~1~3.00~In Sibling
Other Medications: NONE
Current Illness: Runny nose
Preexisting Conditions: Allergies
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: High levels of mercury in serum
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Developed regressive autism. Lost eye contact, inability to speak/communicate. Shortly after developed high fever of unknown origin. Mercury poisoning. Follow up report received 12/19/02 states " lack of expressive language development, pervasive developmental delays, lack of social ability/social skills". An annual follow up report received 10/20/2003 adds: He is still suffering from the symptoms I described last year. He continues to have pervasive developmental delays.


VAERS ID: 190345 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 1.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: California  
Vaccinated:2001-09-17
Onset:2001-09-17
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2002-09-13
   Days after onset:361
Entered: 2002-09-19
   Days after submission:6
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
HEP: HEP B (ENGERIX-B) / SMITHKLINE BEECHAM 5338A2 / 3 RL / -
MMR: MEASLES + MUMPS + RUBELLA (MMR II) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0740L / 1 RL / -
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0782L / 1 RL / -

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Abnormal behaviour, Antisocial behaviour, Autism, Cognitive disorder
SMQs:, Dementia (broad), Psychosis and psychotic disorders (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Hostility/aggression (narrow)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: NONE
Current Illness: NONE
Preexisting Conditions: NKA
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Sleep EEG evaluations
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Autism (lack of verbal, social skills) starting therapy (occupational, behavioral). As per 60 day follow up: Pt has not recovered from adverse events. Pt still shows symptoms of autism. Letter states; We have not sent the access authorization for our sons medical recodres. However, please feel free to request whatever you need through us. Did you see the Nov/Dec issue of Mothering magazine. Follow up on 10/29/2003: "Vaccine recipient did not recover from the adverse event. Autism."


VAERS ID: 190346 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 1.25  
Sex: Male  
Location: Texas  
Vaccinated:2000-06-30
Onset:0000-00-00
Submitted: 2002-09-09
Entered: 2002-09-19
   Days after submission:10
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
HEP: HEP B (ENGERIX-B) / SMITHKLINE BEECHAM 3202A2 / 4 LL / -
HIBV: HIB (HIBTITER) / PFIZER/WYETH 530453A / 4 LL / -
IPV: POLIO VIRUS, INACT. (IPOL) / SANOFI PASTEUR P1231 / 3 RL / -
MMR: MEASLES + MUMPS + RUBELLA (MMR II) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0924J / 1 LA / -
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0126K / 1 RA / -

Administered by: Unknown       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Autism, Cognitive disorder, Lethargy, Neurodevelopmental disorder, Pyrexia, Staring
SMQs:, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: NONE
Current Illness: NONE
Preexisting Conditions: NONE
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data:
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Developed high fever; rash; lethargic; blank staring; would not coo or babble. Would not look at me. Over a period of several months, my child appeared to regress. He stopped meeting normal developmental milestones. Diagnosis-pervasive developmental disorder per MD.


VAERS ID: 192059 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 1.08  
Sex: Male  
Location: Texas  
Vaccinated:1999-11-22
Onset:1999-12-01
   Days after vaccination:9
Submitted: 2002-09-02
   Days after onset:1005
Entered: 2002-10-29
   Days after submission:57
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
DTAP: DTAP (ACEL-IMUNE) / PFIZER/WYETH 466023 / 4 RL / IM
HIBV: HIB (HIBTITER) / PFIZER/WYETH 560753A / 4 RL / IM
MMR: MEASLES + MUMPS + RUBELLA (MMR II) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0547J / 1 LA / SC
OPV: POLIO VIRUS, ORAL (ORIMUNE) / PFIZER/WYETH 0807C / 1 MO / PO
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1009J / 1 RA / SC

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Autism, Drug toxicity, Emotional disorder, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal disorder, Hypoacusis, Irritability, Lethargy, Oral intake reduced, Otitis media, Pyrexia, Rash, Sleep disorder, Social avoidant behaviour, Speech disorder
SMQs:, Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Drug abuse and dependence (broad), Psychosis and psychotic disorders (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Gastrointestinal nonspecific inflammation (narrow), Hostility/aggression (broad), Hearing impairment (narrow), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations: Fever and rash~Polio Virus, Inact. (no brand name)~2~0.00~In Patient
Other Medications: Augmentin; Anaplex; Motrin
Current Illness: Left otitis media
Preexisting Conditions: Cold; Ear Infection; Diarrhea; Fussy; Crying all day; Ulcers on soft palate; Rash; Fever; no appetite; eyes puffy; not sleeping; restless; stomach virus; cough; congestion; CAD; Hx of double bypass; Hyperlipidemia
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Sensory Integration Dysfunction; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Heavy Metal Poisoning; IBS; Gastritis; Heavy Metal Toxicity; Metallothionein Deficiency; Morphine Peptides; Mercury Retention; Intestinal Parasites
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Patient was 13 months at date of final vaccines (11/22/99). Two weeks later began running a fever and lasted off and on for a month. He would not eat and was lethargic. He would not sleep and was very irritable. Pediatrician diagnosed a double ear infection during that time. On 12/28/99, he developed a rash that was concentrated on his face but did spread to other parts of his body. We began to suspect he was losing his hearing because he would not respond to the spoken word. Had hearing tested in February 2000--was normal. Patient lost receptive and expressive language and became noticeably withdrawn emotionally and socially. At approximately 17 months, he was tantruming constantly and was very fearful. At 18 months, we began noticing self-stimulation behaviors (i.e. fascination with spinning things and turning his hands back and forth in front of his face). He lost self-help skills such as the ability to feed himself with a spoon; developed an insensitivity to pain while at the same time becoming oversensitive to textures, touch and sound. he stopped making eye contact. His sleep patters are erratic and he has significant delays in both fine and gross motor skills. Per 60day follow up: Pt has not recovered. Virtually all symptoms listed in the adverse event report #7 are still present. Although pt is making progress, he has not regained receptive or expressive language. He is still withdrawn and inept socially. Self-stimulation behaviors are still present, as well as the loss of self-help skills and over-sensitivity/under-sensitivity to textures (especially in the mouth). Pt''s sleep patterns are still erratic and he has gross and fine motor delays. He had another seizure on Dec. 20, 2002. The ER physician diagnosed the seizure as caused by fever (his temp at time of seizure was 100.3). our specialist believes his seizure threshold is low because of the metals still present in his body. We have had to put chelation (heavy metal detox) on hold in order to treat intestinal parasites- Dec. 30,2002 lab results indicated "severe intestinal dysbiosis". His multiple food allergies (I failed to mention in the initial report ) are still present-he requires a gluten free/casein free diet of morphine peptides. Additional comments: I recognize that this is a very complicated issue. My husband and I are committed to each other and our children. We are constantly seeking wisdom in therapy, socialization and medical treatment options. Pt is a happy. playful little boy. From a behavior standpoint, we are tackling the problems and celebrating the victories as they come. But bio-medically, pt is a train-wreck. Our insurance has not covered any treatment and our bills are stacking up. Pt has medical problems that are very real. Pt''s father and I seek your help to discover exactly what has happened to our son. Respectfully, mother. Follow up on 12/10/03: "Vaccine recipient did not recover from the adverse events that were reported for this vaccination. Symptoms are still present. Continuing original course of tx, OT, speech therapy. Nutritional supplementation, heavy metal detox, gluten free/caffiene free diet. I feel very strongly that a government should take responsibility where it is due for this injury to my child!"


VAERS ID: 192142 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 1.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Nebraska  
Vaccinated:2002-04-26
Onset:0000-00-00
Submitted: 2002-10-30
Entered: 2002-10-30
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
HBHEPB: HIB + HEP B (COMVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / UNK - / -
MMR: MEASLES + MUMPS + RUBELLA (MMR II) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1379L / 1 - / -
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / UNK - / -

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Arthritis, Joint swelling, Laboratory test abnormal, Rheumatoid arthritis
SMQs:, Systemic lupus erythematosus (broad), Haemodynamic oedema, effusions and fluid overload (narrow), Arthritis (narrow), Tendinopathies and ligament disorders (broad), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (narrow)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, ? days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Aspirin
Current Illness:
Preexisting Conditions: UNK
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: X-ray no fracture (9/3/02); slit-lamp exam was normal (9/30/02); blood culture no growth (9/3/02); erythroyte 12 (9/3/02); serum c-reactive protein 0.8 (9/3/02); serum ANA positive (9/3/02); serum rheumatoid factor negative (9/3/02);
CDC Split Type: WAES0210USA01743

Write-up: Information has been received from a consumer concerning her 12 month old daughter who on 4/26/02 was vaccinated with MMR II (lot 640963/1379L). Concomitant therapy included baby aspirin. The mother reported that her baby was crawling normal before and on 4/15/02 they moved and she started crawling different (not using her knees). The mother reported that her daughter''s knees were swollen and warm. She reported that her daughter started to walk on 7/21/02 when she was 15 months old. The mother reported that "we seemed to think that was late." She reported that at the end of August my son jumped on her knee and she was limping on her left knee was bothering her. On 8/27/02 the mother reported that she took her to the doctor because she was really limping. On 9/3/02 the baby had an ANA test and on 9/11/02 she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The pt''s juvenile rheumatoid arthritis persisted. Upon internal review, the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was considered to be an other important medical event (OMIC). Additional info has been received from a physician. The physician reported that the child had multiple well baby visits, was well immunized and did not have any history of any problems with previous vaccinations. He reported that the child received MMR II along with Haemophilus B conjugate vaccine, hep B vaccine recombinant, and varicella virus vaccine live on 4/26/02. The physician reported in reviewing the child''s chart that the child was seen at an urgent care center on 9/3/02 for limping. An x-ray revealed no fracture, a CRP was normal (0.8), sedimentation rate (12), blood cultures no growth, ANA positive and rheumatoid factor negative. On 9/18/02 the child was referred to a pediatric rheumatologist who reported that the child''s joints were normal except the left knee, which was slightly swollen and lacked full flexion and extension of approximately 15 degrees. Naprosyn was recommended regularly twice per day and the child was to follow-up in 6 weeks. On 9/30/02 the child was seen by a pediatric opthalmologist who reported that the child''s slit-lamp exam was normal and the child had no uveitis. The physician reported that he thought that there was too long of an interval between the vaccination and the onset of child''s symptoms to be associated. Additional info has been requested. Additional info has been received from the child''s mother. The mother reported that towards the end of May 2002 her daughter developed a high fever over 104 and experienced a bad stuffy nose. The child was prescribed antibiotics but it was reported that they did not help. She also reported that hse noticed a major limp in her daughter''s walk and that she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The mother reported that her daughter was hospitalized for these events. Additional info is requested. Additioanl info has been recieve from a physician. The physician reported that the child developed left knee arthritis on 8/15/02. He reported that the child has not recovered. The physician also reported that the child had no illness at time of vaccinations and that she had no part medical history. The physician reported that the arthritis was considered to be disabling event. No additional info is expected.


VAERS ID: 194230 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 33.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Maine  
Vaccinated:2002-10-22
Onset:2002-11-07
   Days after vaccination:16
Submitted: 2002-11-12
   Days after onset:5
Entered: 2002-12-02
   Days after submission:20
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0258M / UNK - / SC

Administered by: Unknown       Purchased by: Unknown
Symptoms: Feeling hot, Injection site erythema, Injection site hypersensitivity, Injection site pain, Pruritus, Pyrexia, Rash maculo-papular, Skin ulcer
SMQs:, Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Extravasation events (injections, infusions and implants) (broad), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications:
Current Illness:
Preexisting Conditions: Environmental allergies: dust but no history of medical testing; hx asthma
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Negative varicella titer on 8/2/02.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Received Varivax vaccine right upper arm on 10/22/02. On Sunday 11/3/02, injection site became red, sore, itchy, hot. Developed low-grade fever and subsequent sites of macular papular itchy lesions scattered on torso, extremities, one on face. Excluded from work until lesions dried.


VAERS ID: 196110 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 43.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: Illinois  
Vaccinated:2001-10-16
Onset:0000-00-00
Submitted: 2003-01-09
Entered: 2003-01-14
   Days after submission:5
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1888K / 1 LA / -

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Back pain, Chest pain, Chills, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Pyrexia
SMQs:, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Retroperitoneal fibrosis (broad), Gastrointestinal nonspecific symptoms and therapeutic procedures (broad), Cardiomyopathy (broad), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: NONE
Current Illness:
Preexisting Conditions: NONE
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Diagnostic labs - all negative; Lab results - all normal
CDC Split Type: WAES0212USA00342

Write-up: Information has been received from a 43 year old male patient with no known allergies and no past medical history who on 8/27/01 in the PM was vaccinated in the left deltoid with a first dose of varicella virus vaccine live (lot # 638568/1888K). On 10/16/01 he was vaccinated in the deltoid with a second dose of varicella virus vaccine live (lot # 638568/1888K). There was no concomitant medication. The patient indicated 3-4 weeks later (approximately October 2001), he began to experience chills, fevers, and massive chest pain. It was noted after a while the fever and chills went away. The patient then indicated the pain moved to his back and it is still ongoing at this time. The reporter indicated it bothers him enough that his activities have been limited since this has happened and the pain seems to increase throughout the day with an increase in activity. Subsequently, the patient recovered from chills and fever. The patient''s back pain persisted. Follow up information was received from a physician indicated the patient developed fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The physician reported the patinet came into the office on 11/19/01 with the complaint that he was feeling lousy, which the patient reported had started 11 days earlier on 11/8/01. On 11/29/01 the patient went to the physician''s office again, and complained of myalgia, and malaise which became worse on exertion. The physician reported that possibly the patient had Coxsackie virus. It was noted the following lab tests were performed and all were normal: Blood urea Nitrogen, Creatinine, Hemoglobin, WBC, Sedimentation rate, and thyroid stimulating hormone. It was reported a creatinine was done and the result was 370, which was elevated. The physician reported his partner an Infectious Disease Specialist saw the patient again on 2/19/02 and his impression was that the patient had a postviral syndrome, with a mixed polymyositis, and a hyperimmune reaction. It was noted the physician''s partner recommended that the patient increase his activity. A C-reactive protein lab test resulted as 6.8, and a repeat sedimentation rate was 7. On that same day, 2/19/02 the impression of a Rheumatologist was that the patient had a diffuse inflammatory muscle problem related to deconditioning, and gave the patient a prescription for rofecoxib. It was noted that in March 2002, the patient saw the Rheumatologist again because he still was not feeling any better, and an EMG was done and was normal. The physician indicated that he last spoke with the patient in December 2002, and at the time he still did not feel any better. It was noted a Total Iron Binding Capacity was normal. It was noted the patient was also seen by a Pulmonologist, who reported there was no evidence of pulmonary disease. The physician reported the patient had stumped both him and his partner, and the patient does not feel any better. The physician also reported he suggested the patient be seen at another institution. It was also noted the patient had no illness at the time of vaccination. Follow up written correspondence received from the patient''s physicain stated I have not seen th patient since the last correspondence. Fibromyaglia and chronic fatigue syndrome were considered to be disabling. Additional information has been requested.


VAERS ID: 197770 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 23.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: California  
Vaccinated:2002-03-01
Onset:2002-03-01
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2003-02-11
   Days after onset:347
Entered: 2003-02-14
   Days after submission:3
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARCEL: VARICELLA (VARIVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / 1 - / -

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Chills, Diarrhoea, Discomfort, Fatigue, Influenza like illness, Injection site erythema, Injection site warmth, Malaise, Pain, Pyrexia, Rash vesicular, Skin ulcer, Tenderness
SMQs:, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Pseudomembranous colitis (broad), Extravasation events (injections, infusions and implants) (broad), Gastrointestinal nonspecific symptoms and therapeutic procedures (narrow), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Noninfectious diarrhoea (narrow), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 1 days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: UNK
Current Illness:
Preexisting Conditions: Shoulder operation
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: All lab tests were reported as normal; HIV antibody screen - HIV-1 AB screen w/ refl = non-reactive; VZV strain - negative for wild-type varicella zoster and the vaccine strain virus.
CDC Split Type: WAES0203USA01952

Write-up: Information has been received from a physician concerning an approximately 23 year old normal, healthy Caucasian male with a medical history of left shoulder surgery and no other medical history who on 3/1/02 was vaccinated with a first dose of varicella virus vaccine in the left triceps. There was no illness at the time of vaccination. It was reported that immediately after vaccination, the patient developed redness and arm discomfort, and perhaps some chills and a low grade fever. On 3/4/02 the patient presented with erythema (redness) of the injection site. Additionally, the injection site was warm and tender to the touch. The patient was treated with antibiotics for possible cellulitis. After a short course of dicloxacillin, the redness resolved (whether the diclox was responsible was uncelar). The patient''s reported major complaint was continued pain in the arm, since the patient had shoulder surgery on the same side the physician reportedly was considering obtaining an MRI of that shoulder. Between then and his next visit on 3/11/02 the patient''s injection site warmth/tenderness had resolved; however, the patient developed a diffuse rash and some flu-like sumptoms. He also had 3 blisters that have been lanced. In addition he had two blister-like lesions on his left anterior deltoid area, located several centimeters from the injection site. At that time, the patient was started on acyclovir for the lesions, and amitriptyline for sleep (the patient was having difficulty sleeping due to the flu-like symptoms and the pain of the blister-like lesions). On 3/18/02 the patient presented with blister like lesions which had popped according to the patient and he continued to have worsening flu-like symptoms. The patient also had tenderness in the area of the left biceps tendon, where two blisters still evident on the left shoulder. On his next follow up visit, on 3/25/02, the flu-like symptoms had resolved; however, the patient had 3 new lesions on his chest where none had been seen before. The patient was then prescribed zovirax and elavil. The physician described the lesions as red, tender and less than 0.5 centimeters in diameter. The physician did not observe that the lesions were fluid filled, though the patient reported that they had been at one time. The physician reported that the lesions were more scab-like. On 3/28/02 the physician stated that presently, the patient reports to be feeling better, though the shoulder and chest lesions are still present, and he continues to have pain at the site of the lesions and in his left shoulder. It was noted that the patient continued to develop additional lesions despite acyclovir treatment and the lesions had not improved. The physician noted that this makes it less likely that the lesions were varicella. The physician also stated that if the patient continues to have symptoms he would submit a sample for PCR analysis. The patient was scheduled to be seen on 4/1/02. On 4/1/02 the patient had more lesions, this tie on the right arm and left thigh. ON 4/8/02, the pain was reportedly better and the lesions were resolving, by 4/15/02, the pain was almost gone. On 5/20/02 the patient appeared well. However, on 8/11/02, the patient developed the same symptoms again, but, with greater severity. The patient had 100+ lesions and was vomiting. On 8/14/02 the patient was again seen with pustular like lesions on his back, tongue, and buttocks with a greater distribution on the right side as compared to the left side of his chest. The physician did not consider herpes zoster since there was not a purely dermatomal distribution. The patient also had no appetite, nausea, and vomiting and lesions in the back of his throat. He had been treated with valacyclovir HCl since 8/19/02 and although his lesions had dried and the pain was resolving the patient continued to have GI complaints which the physician contributed to the treatment with valacyclovir HCl. On 8/23/02 the physician obtained a CBC and HIV screen however the patient denied any high risk behavior. It was noted that the physician did not know of any recent exposure to natural chicken pox for the patient. On 8/23/02 the physician reported that the patient''s original symptoms resolved after several weeks. However, on 8/26/02 the physician reported that the patient complained of worsening pain at the site of the rash. He stated that the patient had dried lesions last week however, today the dried lesions had fallen off and again has open vesicles. The physician reported that the patient''s lab results were all normal. The physician also reported that the patient had shingles-type pain and submitted swab specimens for analysis. PCR analysis revealed the following: a large swab from the chest and 2 swabs from the leg were negative for both the wild-type varicella zoster virus and the vaccine strain virus; however the scab specimens were inadequate to process for PCR analysis. Because of pain he was given some pain medicine and on 8/30/02 the patient looked much the same but felt worse and couldn''t eat. On 9/3/02 the lesions were noted to be healing but the pain was described as 10/10 with burning on urination having begun as well. The patient also saw an epidemiologist on 9/3/02. Follow up reported that the patient had severe chicken pox, which reportedly began on 3/1/02. The patient reportedly had not recovered. The reporter considered severe chicken pox as a significant disability adverse event. Additional follow up information received on 12/9/02 reported waxing/waning symptoms of nausea with transient rash, dermatology evaluation is pending. Follow up information received on 2/4/03 reported that the patient was still sick after vaccination. The reporter was awaiting an internal medicine consult. The patient had persistent symptoms of skin rash, malaise/fatigue, and GI symptoms of persistent diarrhea. It was reported that the patient was hospitalized for two days. The reporter considered skin rash, malaise/fatigue, and GI symptoms of persistent diarrhea to be other important medical events. Additional information has been requested. Reported on 02/27/2003: "Follow-up on 02/13/2003 from the reporting physician stated that the patient "is about the same." The patient has times when he does better and then the rash reappears, and the physician just treats him for comfort measures. The patient has been seen by an internist for one visit, and the internist cannot conclude a diagnosis for the patient. The internist reported to the patient that he will need to do some research. The reporter considered skin rash (transient), malaise/fatigue, and GI symptoms of persistent diarrhea to be other important medical events. Additional information has been requested.


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