ZOSTAVAX: Zoster Vaccine Live

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Here are some things you can do before you get ZOSTAVAX, the Shingles vaccine.

Do you know someone who might be at risk for Shingles?

Spread the word about Shingles by sending an e-card to the people you care about. The message will be sent from your e-mail address. You can create your e-card below.

Spread the Word

To create your e-card, first select a message. Then you can choose to include a picture and helpful links. Once you've made your selections click "NEXT" to enter the recipient's e-mail address and preview the card.

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Hi (Name of Friend),

I'm doing everything my health care professional tells me to stay healthy, but it turns out that I'm still at risk for Shingles. What about you? You can find out more about your risk below.

Take Care, (Your Name)

Shingles – Are you at risk?

Your risk for shingles increases as you get older.

It doesn't matter how healthy you feel. If you've had chickenpox, you're at risk for Shingles. And as you get older, you're at even greater risk.

Learn more about your risk for Shingles

Shingles under the Arm

This is what the painful, blistering rash of Shingles looks like in a typical case.

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Dear (Name of Friend),

I've heard about the painful, blistering rash of Shingles but I never realized how it could affect my life. I'm glad I found out now. You may want to do the same.

Take Care, (Your Name)

Shingles is a painful, blistering rash.

Shingles pain can be stabbing, throbbing and burning. And it can last up to 30 days.

It's hard to understand just how painful the Shingles rash can be until you have it. Some people who have experienced Shingles can tell you what it feels like.

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Shingles under the Arm

This is what the painful, blistering rash of Shingles looks like in a typical case.

Check any of the links you'd like to INclude.


ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine used for adults 50 years of age or older to prevent Shingles (also known as zoster).

Important Safety Information

  • ZOSTAVAX does not protect everyone, so some people who get the vaccine may still get Shingles.
  • You should not get ZOSTAVAX if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including gelatin or neomycin, have a weakened immune system, take high doses of steroids, or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not get ZOSTAVAX to prevent chickenpox.
  • Talk to your health care professional if you plan to get ZOSTAVAX (Zoster Vaccine Live) at the same time as PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) because it may be better to get these vaccines at least 4 weeks apart.
  • Possible side effects include redness, pain, itching, swelling, hard lump, warmth, or bruising at the injection site, as well as headache.
  • ZOSTAVAX (Zoster Vaccine Live) contains a weakened chickenpox virus. Tell your health care professional if you will be in close contact with newborn infants, someone who may be pregnant and has not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against chickenpox, or someone who has problems with their immune system. Your health care professional can tell you what situations you may need to avoid.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the Patient Information and discuss it with your health care professional. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

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