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Zostavax -- Vaccine for Shingles

Did you know that there is a vaccine for shingles? Zostavax® is approved for use in people age 50 and older. It is used to prevent shingles from occurring and should not be given to people who have an active case of the disease. Zostavax is a live (but weakened) version of the varicella-zoster virus. It causes the body to produce an immune system response to the virus, which helps prevent shingles.
 
This product can help prevent shingles for up to four years. It is not clear yet if booster vaccines are necessary. Zostavax is given as an injection into the upper arm. You may experience redness or bruising at the injection site, but this should resolve quickly.
 
(Click Zostavax to learn more about the shingles vaccine. This article explains in more detail how it works, other side effects to watch out for, and what to tell your healthcare provider before receiving it.)
 
 

Zostavax -- Vaccine for Shingles

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