Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax) (cont.)

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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.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common adverse effects are headaches and injection site itching, swelling, pain, warmth, bleeding, and bruising. 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.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information for Zostavax

Last Editorial Review: 11/9/2010 6:10:30 PM

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