Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    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: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

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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