Zostavax | Zoster Vaccine Live
Medication Class: Vaccines
Approval Date: May, 2006
What is Zostavax
Zostavax is a vaccine that prevents herpes zoster (shingles or zoster) caused by reactivation of varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus (VZV). It contains weakened varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Zostavax stimulates the immune system to develop immunity against VZV. It is immunization (vaccination) against VZV.
What is Zostavax used for
Zostavax is used for prevention of shingles in individuals 50 years of age or older.
How well does Zostavax work
What are interesting facts about Zostavax
How is Zostavax dosed (dosage) and administered
Immunization schedule: Inject 0.65 ml under the skin of the upper arm
What are the side effects of Zostavax
Common: headaches and injection site itching, swelling, pain, warmth, bleeding, and bruising.
Shingles or chicken pox like rash may also occur within 42 days of administration.
Serious: Asthma flare-up, polymyalgia rheumatica, congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, serious allergic reactions.
Zostavax drug interactions
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