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, such as local soreness, swelling, or itching
- Less common, moderate side effects, such as headache
- Rarely, anaphylaxis—a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction marked by hives, facial or tongue swelling, and difficulty breathing
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
- Have a weakened immune system due to medications or other health conditions.
- Have an allergy to gelatin or neomycin.
- Are moderately or severely ill. Wait until you have recovered.
- Are or may be pregnant.
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
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- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD
- Review Date: 11/2015 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -