WHAT IS ZOSTAVAX?

ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) May Help Your Immune System Keep the Shingles Virus in Check ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) May Help Your Immune System Keep the Shingles Virus in Check

ZOSTAVAX is a single shot vaccine for adults 50 years of age or older that helps to boost the immune system against Shingles.

ZOSTAVAX cannot be used to treat Shingles or the nerve pain that may follow Shingles, once you have it.

And remember: Shingles can happen at any time—on any part of your body. So, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ZOSTAVAX today.

Video: Doctor Discusses Shingles and the Importance of Getting ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) Video: Doctor Discusses Shingles and the Importance of Getting ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)
ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live): How Does the Shingles Vaccine Work? ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live): How Does the Shingles Vaccine Work?

How ZOSTAVAX Works

ZOSTAVAX works by helping your immune system — the body's natural defense system. It is thought that ZOSTAVAX does this by helping to provide a boost to the immune system to keep the virus dormant (asleep), helping to protect you from getting Shingles.

Who Should Get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live), and When? Who Should Get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live), and When?

Who Should Get ZOSTAVAX

If you’re 50 or older, it may be time to get ZOSTAVAX. Learn more about when to get vaccinated.

Should I Get ZOSTAVAX Once a Year, Like the Flu Vaccine?

No. You do not need to get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) once a year.

How Often Should I Get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)?
 

Immune system

Your body’s natural defense system that protects you from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms that can cause harm. The immune system fights these foreign invaders. This is called the immune response.

 
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Important Safety Information

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 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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