How Much Do You Know About ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)? How Much Do You Know About ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)?

How Much Do You Know About ZOSTAVAX?

Is ZOSTAVAX a single shot? Do you need to get it once a year? Test your knowledge below.

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ZOSTAVAX is given as a single shot.

The answer is: TRUE

ZOSTAVAX is a single shot vaccine that helps reduce your risk of getting Shingles. ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) cannot be used to treat Shingles or the nerve pain that may follow Shingles, once you have it.

TRUE: ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) is Given as a Single Shot

Unlike the flu shot, ZOSTAVAX is not given every year.

The answer is: TRUE

You do not need to get ZOSTAVAX every year.

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

ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) is a vaccine that can help reduce your risk of getting Shingles.

The answer is: TRUE

ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine that is used for adults 50 years of age or older to prevent Shingles. ZOSTAVAX can help boost your immune system to help keep the Shingles virus dormant (asleep) in your nervous system.

TRUE: ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Getting Shingles

You don’t have to wait until you’re 65 to get ZOSTAVAX.

The answer is: TRUE

If you’re 50 or older and have had chickenpox, the time to get vaccinated may be now. ZOSTAVAX can help prevent Shingles in people 50 or older. It works by boosting your immune system to help protect you from Shingles. And once you reach age 50, the sooner you get vaccinated, the better your chances of protecting yourself from Shingles.

No matter how healthy you feel, your immune system weakens as you age. When that happens, the Shingles virus can reactivate (awaken) and resurface on your skin as the painful, blistering rash of Shingles. This is why your chances of developing Shingles increase as you get older.

So act now and talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)

TRUE: You Don't Have to Wait Until Age 65 to Get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)

You can still learn even more by talking to your doctor.

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In a state of inactivity. In the case of the virus that causes chickenpox, this means that the virus stays in your body after you recover but is inactive.

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To become active again. Regarding the virus that causes chickenpox, this means the virus that’s already in your body becomes active again causing Shingles.

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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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