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Zoster Vaccine, Recombinant injection

What is this medicine?

ZOSTER VACCINE (ZOS ter vak SEEN) is used to prevent shingles in adults 50 years old and over. This vaccine is not used to treat shingles or nerve pain from shingles.

How should I use this medicine?

This vaccine is for injection in a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • chills

  • headache

  • fever

  • nausea, vomiting

  • redness, warmth, pain, swelling or itching at site where injected

  • tiredness

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines that suppress your immune system

  • medicines to treat cancer

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What if I miss a dose?

Keep appointments for follow-up (booster) doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This vaccine is only given in a clinic, pharmacy, doctor's office, or other health care setting and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • blood disorders or disease

  • cancer like leukemia or lymphoma

  • immune system problems or therapy

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups.

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier