ZOSTAVAX® does not protect everyone, so some people who get the vaccine may still get shingles. However, if you develop shingles despite being vaccinated, ZOSTAVAX® can help reduce the intensity and duration of pain.
ZOSTAVAX® is indicated for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) and for immunization of individuals 50 years of age or older. ZOSTAVAX® cannot be used to treat existing shingles or the pain associated with existing shingles. If you get shingles even though you have been vaccinated, see your healthcare provider promptly.
ZOSTAVAX® should not be used if you: are allergic to any of the components of the vaccine, including gelatin or neomycin; have a blood disorder or any type of cancer that weakens your immune system; have been told by your doctor that you have a weakened immune system as a result of a disease, medications, or other treatment; have active untreated tuberculosis; are pregnant.
Women of childbearing age should take the necessary precautions to avoid pregnancy for 3 months following vaccination. Like all vaccines, ZOSTAVAX® can have side effects. In studies, the most common side effects were at the injection site and included redness, pain, swelling, hard lump, itching, warmth, and bruising. Headache and pain in the arm or leg were also reported. Additional side effects reported in general use with ZOSTAVAX® include allergic reactions, which may be serious and may include difficulty in breathing or swallowing, and fever. If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor right away. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for a more complete list of side effects for ZOSTAVAX®.
Drug Identification Number (DIN): 02315939