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Zostavax Vaccine

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Product introduction

Zostavax Vaccine is a medicine used in adults 50 years of age or older to prevent herpes zoster (also called shingles). It contains a weakened chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus). It works by helping your immune system protect you from getting herpes zoster.

It is given by a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. It prevents the nerve pain that can follow herpes zoster (shingles) in some people. It does not protect everyone, so some people who get the vaccine may still get the disease. It cannot be used to treat herpes zoster or the nerve pain that may follow shingles, once you have it.

The most common side effects of this medicine include redness, pain, itching, swelling, or bruising where the shot was given. It may also cause fever, headache, and upper respiratory tract infection. If these side effects do not go away with time or get worse, let your doctor know. Your doctor may help with ways to reduce or prevent these symptoms.

To make sure the vaccine is safe for you, before receiving the vaccine, it is important to let your doctor know if you have any problems with your heart, liver, or kidneys. You should also tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking.

Uses of Zostavax Injection

  • Prevention of Herpes zoster

Benefits of Zostavax Injection

In Prevention of Herpes zoster

Zostavax Vaccine helps prevent Herpes zoster infection, a viral infection that causes a painful rash. The vaccine induces persistent immunity to the viral infection in healthy children and adults. It also has the potential to lower the risk of reactivation of latent virus (latent virus means that the virus is in a resting phase, and is not producing more active viruses). It is given as an injection by a doctor or nurse and should not be self-administered. Keeping the immune system healthy, is the best way to prevent it. Maintaining good hygiene is another way of preventing herpes zoster infection.

Side effects of Zostavax Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Zostavax

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Injection site itching
  • Pain
  • Skin rash
  • Erythema (skin redness)
  • Swelling
  • Upper respiratory tract infection

How to use Zostavax Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Zostavax Injection works

Zostavax Vaccine is a vaccine. It helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness, but it does stimulate the body's immune system to produce antibodies to protect against any future infections.

Safety advice

It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Zostavax Vaccine. Please consult your doctor.
Zostavax Vaccine may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
Zostavax Vaccine is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Zostavax Vaccine does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Zostavax Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Zostavax Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Zostavax Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Zostavax Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Zostavax Injection?

If you miss a dose of Zostavax Vaccine, please consult your doctor.

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Quick tips

  • Zostavax Vaccine helps prevent herpes zoster and the long-lasting nerve pain that follows it.
  • It is used to vaccinate individuals 50 years of age or older.
  • It is injected under the skin or into the muscle, preferably in the upper arm as a single dose.
  • You may get a rash or mild fever, feel tired or sore at the site of the injection.
  • Do not take Zostavax Vaccine if you are pregnant or have a weak immune system.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Habit Forming
Therapeutic Class
Action Class
Live attenuated vaccines

Interaction with drugs

Taking Zostavax with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Thioprinz, Lazorin, Azarid
Brand(s): Empurine, Mercapto, Puri Nethol
Brand(s): Methosis, Metrex, Cytotrex
Brand(s): Healgraft

Patient concerns

How to treat Herpes treatment sir?? Its came to me on sonta right side only, please help me sir
Dr. Souvik Sardar
Hello PATIENT a picture.Herpes simplex and herpes zoster r different and have different dosage
I've harpeas(nagin) on back and stomach due to which itching takes place which treatment and medicine should I use???
Dr. Atula Gupta
medicine is fine for herpes zoster . Complete the entire course

User feedback


Q. Is Zostavax Vaccine live or inactivated?

Zostavax Vaccine is a live attenuated virus vaccine. It contains a weakened virus that helps stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the actual infection causing virus. This helps protect the individual from getting infected in future, if exposed.

Q. How is Zostavax Vaccine administered?

Zostavax Vaccine should be administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional or a doctor and should not be self-administered. It is usually given intramuscularly (into the muscle). Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit from Zostavax Vaccine.

Q. Who should not get Zostavax Vaccine?

Zostavax Vaccine should not be given to people who are allergic to Zostavax Vaccine or any of its ingredients or if they have had an allergic reaction to it earlier. Individuals who have compromised immunity must also refrain from getting vaccinated with Zostavax Vaccine. Pregnant females too should not be administered Zostavax Vaccine.

Q. What are the possible side effects of Zostavax Vaccine?

The possible side effects of Zostavax Vaccine are fever, headache, injection site itching, pain, skin rash, erythema (skin redness), swelling, and upper respiratory tract infection. However, these are usually not bothersome and will resolve in sometime. If they don’t, consult your doctor.

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Country of origin: India
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