Serious complications such as encephalitis, pneumonia, eye inflammation, nerve pain and seizures have also been reported, as have deaths. But complications from natural cases of chickenpox are far more serious and far more common than side effects from vaccinating, according to Meissner.
If you’re still undecided, call the National Vaccine Information Center at (800) 909-7468, or visit the AAP Web site at www.aap.org
. Then talk to your pediatrician.