GLOSSARY

Blister

A pocket of fluid that forms under the skin.

Chickenpox

An infectious disease that causes an itchy blister-like rash. Chickenpox usually affects children, and when it does, it’s usually mild. But when it affects adults, it can be very serious.

Co-pay

A fixed amount you pay for a covered health care service, usually when you receive the service. The amount can vary based on the type of insurance and health care service.

CPT code

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes are a way for people in the health care field to identify medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. The CPT code for ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) is 90736.

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes are a way for people in the health care field to identify medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. The CPT code for ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) is 90736.

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CPT=Current Procedural Terminology. Copyright © 2017. American Medical Association. All rights reserved. CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

Deductible

The amount of money you owe for covered health care services before your health insurance or prescription plan begins to pay.

Dormant

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.

Gelatin

A product made from a chemical process using the skin and white connective tissue of animals. It is an ingredient in ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live). People who are allergic to gelatin should not get ZOSTAVAX.

Herpes zoster

It’s the medical name for Shingles. Herpes zoster is a painful, blistering rash that usually occurs on one side of the back and stomach, but can appear anywhere on the body, including around the eye and forehead. Herpes zoster is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, the virus never leaves the body. It can lie dormant (asleep) for decades until it reappears as the painful, blistering Shingles rash.

It’s the medical name for Shingles. Herpes zoster is a painful, blistering rash that usually occurs on one side of the back and stomach, but can appear anywhere on the body, including around the eye and forehead. Herpes zoster is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, the virus never leaves the body. It can lie dormant (asleep) for decades until it reappears as the painful, blistering Shingles rash.

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.

Neomycin

An antibiotic. People who are allergic to neomycin should not get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live). People with a history of an anaphylactic reaction to neomycin should not get ZOSTAVAX. People who get skin inflammation when applying a neomycin product to their skin may still be able to receive ZOSTAVAX.

Ophthalmic Shingles

A Shingles rash in or around the eye. In some cases it can cause vision problems.

Out-of-pocket

The amount of money (including co-pays and deductible) you pay for health care services.

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)

A condition characterized by pain that persists more than three months after healing of a Shingles rash; caused by damage to the nervous system.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

A Shingles complication involving facial nerves near the inner ear. Possible symptoms include painful rash in or around the ear, hearing loss, a spinning sensation, or facial weakness.

Rash

An area of the skin that is irritated or swollen and may be red, itchy, bumpy, scaly, crusty, or blistered. Shingles rashes are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, but irritating substances, allergies, and diseases may also cause rashes.

Reactivate

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.

Shingles

Another name for herpes zoster. Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that usually occurs on one side of the back and stomach, but can appear anywhere on the body, including around the eye and forehead. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, the virus never leaves the body. It can lie dormant (asleep) for decades and turn into the painful, blistering Shingles rash at any time.

Torso

The main part of the body, not including the neck, head, arms, and legs.

Vaccination

An injection of a killed or weakened organism in order to get the immune system to fight that organism and prevent the disease it can cause.

Varicella-zoster virus

The virus that causes chickenpox and Shingles.

Virus

A tiny organism that uses healthy host cells to multiply and spread. Viruses are not affected by antibiotics and they cause diseases like chickenpox and Shingles.

ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)

ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live)

A vaccine that is used for adults age 50 and older to prevent Shingles (also known as zoster). ZOSTAVAX does not protect everyone, so some people who get vaccinated may still get Shingles.



 

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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