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Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

Information about Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus Uses

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus is used to prevent herpes zoster.

How Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus works

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus 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.

Common side effects of Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

Pain, Fever, Headache, Injection site itching, Skin rash, Erythema (skin redness), Swelling
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02 Jun 2021 | 01:39 PM (UTC)

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Available Medicine for Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

ZostavaxMSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
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Expert advice for Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

  • Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus 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 Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus if you are pregnant or have a weak immune system.

Frequently asked questions for Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus

Q. Is Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus live or inactivated?

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus 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 Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus administered?

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus 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 Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus.

Q. Who should not get Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus?

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus should not be given to people who are allergic to Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus 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 Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus. Pregnant females too should not be administered Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus.

Q. What are the possible side effects of Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus?

The possible side effects of Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus 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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