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Zostavax Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
- What are the possible side effects of zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
- How is zoster vaccine given (Zostavax)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zostavax)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zostavax)?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
- What other drugs will affect zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Zostavax)?
Since zoster vaccine is given as a one-time injection, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.
What happens if I overdose (Zostavax)?
An overdose of this vaccine is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid before or after receiving zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
If you need to receive a "live" vaccine, wait at least 4 weeks after your zoster vaccine to receive the live vaccine. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio, chickenpox (varicella), typhoid, BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin), and nasal flu vaccine.
You should not receive a pneumonia vaccine (Pneumovax 23) within 4 weeks before or after your zoster vaccine.
After receiving zoster vaccine, if you develop a skin rash that looks like shingles, avoid coming into contact with other people who have never had chickenpox (especially newborns, pregnant women, or someone with a weak immune system). Also avoid contact with these individuals if you develop a rash or other reaction where the vaccine was injected into your skin.
What other drugs will affect zoster vaccine live (Zostavax)?
There may be other drugs that can interact with this vaccine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist may have information about this vaccine written for health professionals that you may read. You may also find additional information from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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