"What ZOSTAVAX is and what it is used for?
- ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine used to prevent shingles (zoster) and zoster-related post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), the long-lasting nerve pain that follows shingles.
- ZOSTAVAX is used to vaccinate individuals 50 years of age or older.
- ZOSTAVAX cannot be used to treat existing shingles or the pain associated with existing shingles.
How to use ZOSTAVAX?
A single dose ZOSTAVAX should be injected under the skin.
Do not receive ZOSTAVAX:
- if you are allergic to any of the components of this vaccine, including neomycin (which may be present as trace residue)
- if you have a blood disorder or any type of cancer that weakens your immune system
- if you have been told by your doctor that you have a weakened immune system as a result of a disease, medicines, or other treatment
- if you have active untreated tuberculosis
- if you are pregnant (in addition, pregnancy should be avoided for 3 months after vaccination)
Warnings and precautions
If you have experienced any of the following, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before receiving ZOSTAVAX:
- if you have or have had any medical problems or any allergies
- if you have a fever
- if you have HIV infection
Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients, including
neomycin (which may be present as trace residue) before you receive this vaccine.
As with many vaccines, ZOSTAVAX may not completely protect all persons who are vaccinated.
If you have a blood clotting disorder or low levels of platelets, the vaccine should be given under the skin because bleeding may occur following administration into the muscle.
Other medicines and ZOSTAVAX
Thus far there has been no interaction studies on the three COVID-19 vaccines with other prophylactic vaccines and/or medications. In general, inactivated vaccines can be administered concurrently whereas an interval of 28 days is usually recommended for administration of live vaccines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
ZOSTAVAX should not be given to pregnant women. Women of child-bearing potential should take the necessary precautions to avoid pregnancy for 3 months following vaccination.
Inform your doctor if you are breast-feeding or intending to breast-feed. Your doctor will decide if ZOSTAVAX should be given.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before receiving this vaccine.
Possible side effects
- Very common (≥1/10) side effects: Redness, pain, swelling and itching
- Common (≥1/100, <1/10) side effects: Warmth, bruising, hard lump, headache, pain in the arm or leg
- Adverse reactions have been observed through post-marketing: Nausea, joint pain, muscle pain, rash, rash at the injection site and allergic reactions etc."