Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax) (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common adverse effects are:
Some individuals may experience shingles or chickenpox-like rashes within 42 days after receiving zoster vaccine. Transmission of VZV virus from vaccinated individuals to other individuals occurs rarely.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Powder for Injection: 0.65 ml
STORAGE: Powder should be stored frozen at 15 C (5 F) or colder until ready to use. Diluent should be stored at room temperature (20 C - 25 C [68 F - 77 F]) or refrigerated at (2 C - 8 C [36 F - 46 F]).
DOSING: Zoster vaccine is injected subcutaneously (under the skin) in the upper arm. The recommended dose is 0.65 ml.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: In clinical studies, concomitant use of zoster vaccine and Pneumovax reduced the activity of zoster vaccine.
PREGNANCY: Zoster vaccine is not used for preventing shingles in women of child bearing age and should not be administered to pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: Zoster vaccine is not used for preventing shingles in nursing mothers.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information for Zostavax
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2015
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