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Don’t wait for you or someone you love to develop shingles. If you’re 50 or over, ask your doctor or pharmacist for the shingles vaccine.

 

Getting vaccinated can be easy, and ZOSTAVAX® II vaccine is available in most clinics, doctor’s offices or pharmacies.

 

Other locations may be offering this vaccine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist.

 

 

Enter your postal code to find a potential location near you.

 

 

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering rash that can last several weeks

 

 

It can occur at any time, with no warning. For most people, the pain from shingles resolves as the rash heals, but for others, it can last for months or even years.

 

For some, the pain from shingles

  • can be excruciating
  • can interfere with normal, everyday activities
  • can cause long-term pain (known as postherpetic neuralgia or PHN).

 

For many people with PHN, even a breeze or the touch of clothing can cause severe pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZOSTAVAX® II is the only vaccine for the prevention of shingles

 

If you do get shingles, ZOSTAVAX® II can help reduce the intensity and duration of pain.

 

 

 

 

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the shingles vaccine for the prevention of shingles

 

Herpes zoster (HZ) is painful and can have severe complications. The most frequent complication is PHN. This complication occurs in about 20% of adults with HZ and often has a major impact on quality of life.*

 

* ZOSTAVAX® II is not indicated to treat such pain and complications.

The incidence and severity of HZ and its complications increase with age. Up to 10% of people over 65 years of age will be admitted to hospital with an episode of HZ.

The HZ vaccine is recommended for persons aged 60 years of age and older, and may also be used in adults 50 years of age or older.

 

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Download the ZOSTAVAX® II brochure to learn more about shingles, the shingles vaccine
and questions to ask your healthcare professional.

 

 

 

Explore more about adult immunization at Immunize Canada

 

 

 

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

ZOSTAVAX® II is indicated for the prevention of shingles. It cannot be used to treat active shingles or the pain associated with existing shingles.

 

Getting the vaccine can be simple and easy.

 

Other locations may be offering this vaccine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Enter your postal code to find a potential location near you.

 

 

It is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 people will experience shingles in their lifetime.
Don’t wait for you or someone you love to develop shingles. If you are 50 or over, ask your doctor or pharmacist for the shingles vaccine.

 

 

 

 

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist
today to find out if ZOSTAVAX® II is right for you.

 

 

 

 

 

ZOSTAVAX® II does not protect everyone, so some people who get the vaccine may still get shingles. However, if you develop shingles despite being vaccinated, ZOSTAVAX® II can help reduce the intensity and duration of pain.

 

ZOSTAVAX® II is indicated for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) and for immunization of individuals 50 years of age or older. ZOSTAVAX® II 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® II 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® II 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® II 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® II.

 

Drug Identification Number (DIN): 02315939

 

 

 

 

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