Herpes Zoster Vaccine
What Is Herpes Zoster?
- Painful skin that turns into a rash
- A rash of red, painful blisters
- Rash often occurs only on one side of the body
- Blisters that break open, then scab over
- Fever, headache, chills
- Abdominal discomfort
What Is Herpes Zoster Vaccine?
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
What Are the Risks Associated With the Herpes Zoster Vaccine?
- Common, minor side effects: local soreness, swelling, or itching
- Less common, moderate side effects: headache
- Severe allergic complications: anaphylaxis (rare)
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
What Other Ways Can Shingles Be Prevented Besides Vaccination?
What Happens in the Event of an Outbreak?
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
About shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/index.html . Updated January 10, 2011. Accessed November 29, 2012.
Shingles vaccine: What you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-shingles.pdf. Updated October 6, 2009. Accessed November 29, 2012.
Tseng HF, Liu A, Sy L, et al. Safety of zoster vaccine in adults from a large managed care cohort: a vaccine safety datalink study. J Intern Med. 2011 Oct 25.
Tseng HF, Smith N, Sy LS, Jacobsen SJ. Evaluation of the incidence of herpes zoster after concomitant administration of zoster vaccine and polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccine. Vaccine. 2011;29(20):3628-3632.
Zoster. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 20, 2012. Accessed November 29, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/29/2012 -