The Most Common Side Effects of ZOSTAVAX Are:

  •  Redness, pain, itching, swelling, hard lump, warmth, or bruising where the shot was given
  •  Headache

Additional Side Effects Reported With ZOSTAVAX Are:

  •  Allergic reactions that may be serious and may include difficulty in breathing or swallowing. If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor right away.
  •  Chickenpox
  •  Fever
  •  Hives at the injection site
  •  Joint pain
  •  Muscle pain
  •  Nausea
  •  Rash
  •  Rash at the injection site
  •  Shingles
  •  Swollen glands near the injection site (may last a few days to a few weeks)


Important Safety Information

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

Please read the accompanying Patient Information for ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) and discuss it with your health care professional. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

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