In which high-risk groups is varicella zoster immune globulin (VariZIG) indicated after exposure to varicella-zoster virus (VZV)?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Varicella zoster immune globulin (VariZIG) is indicated for administration to high-risk individuals within 10 days (ideally within 4 days) of chickenpox (VZV) exposure. [2] High- risk groups include the following:

  • Immunocompromised children and adults

  • Newborns of mothers with varicella shortly before or after delivery

  • Premature infants

  • Infants less than younger than 1 year of age

  • Adults without evidence of immunity

  • Pregnant women

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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