What is Zostavax?
Zostavax is the trade mark name for zoster vaccine live. It is used to prevent herpes zoster virus (shingles) in people age 50 and older. Chicken pox in children are caused by the same virus as Herpes Zoster, shingles, and has similar symptoms.
Vaccinating with Zostavax helps to prevent shingles. It will not treat shingles or nerve pain cause by post-herpetic neuralgia.
Zostavax exposes the patient to a small dose of the virus, allowing the body to develop an immunity to the disease. If the patient already has a live virus within their body the medication will not work or treat the symptoms associated with shingles.
How is Zostavax Given?
Zostavax is given as an injection under the skin in your Doctors office. It is typically given as a one time injection, unless your doctor tells your other wise there will be no booster to the vaccine.
Zostavax Side Effects
Mild side effect include but are not limited to:
- pain, warmth, redness, bruising, itching, or swelling at the injection site
- joint or muscle pain
- mild skin rash
If you experience any of the following serious side effects seek emergency help immediately:
- fever, swollen glands, sore throat, flu symptoms
- breathing problems
- severe or painful skin rash
Zostavaz is used in the prevention herpes zoster virus (shingles) in people age 50 and older. It is not used for treatment in patients whom already are experiencing symptoms of shingles, it will not treat any nerve pain cause by post-herpetic neuralgia.
Zostavax Dosage and Directions
Zostavax is administered subcutaneously in the deltoid region of the upper arm as a single 0.65 ML dose. This vaccination dose not require a booster unless recommending by the prescribing physician.