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Zostavax (Overview)

Zosatvax is a stronger version of the chicken pox vaccine. It is recomended for those over 60 yo, one shot, as 99.5 % of this population has been exposed to chicken pox and is at risk for shingles. The vaccine effectively decreases incidence of shingles by 50%.It should not be given to those with immune system problems. Most presription plans pay for it with a variable co pay.


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Is it safe to take zostavax while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take zostavax while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Nope & Unknown: If you're pregnant, you should not get the zostavax vaccine [it's a live virus]. After you get the vaccine, you should wait 3 months before you get pregnant [4 weeks according to the cdc]. If you're breastfeeding, we don't know how vaccine gets into your breast milk [usually they don't. Cdc says not contraindicated]. Zostavax has been tested in ages 50 and older. ...Read more

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Zostavax (Overview)

Zosatvax is a stronger version of the chicken pox vaccine. It is recomended for those over 60 yo, one shot, as 99.5 % of this population has been exposed to chicken pox and is at risk for shingles. The vaccine effectively decreases incidence of shingles by 50%.It should not be given to those with immune system problems. Most presription plans pay for it with a variable co pay.


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Is zostavax effective for rheumatoid arthritis patients?

Is zostavax effective for rheumatoid arthritis patients?

EFFECTIVE BUT: Yes it is effective to prevent Herpes Zoster even for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients as long as they are not immunosuppressed If immunosuppressed due to therapy than you can not give this vaccine as there is risk of disseminated Herpes Zoster.It is contraindicated ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: zostavax?

What is the definition or description of: zostavax?

Shingles vaccine: Zosatvax is a stronger version of the chicken pox vaccine. It is recomended for those over 60 yo, one shot, as 99.5 % of this population has been exposed to chicken pox and is at risk for shingles. The vaccine effectively decreases incidence of shingles by 50%.It should not be given to those with immune system problems. Most presription plans pay for it with a variable co pay. ...Read more

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My wife has relaps. /remitting MS since 1998. She has been on Copax. for 13 yrs. and is doing very well. She is 63. Would it be safe to get Zostavax?

My wife has relaps. /remitting MS since 1998. She has been on Copax. for 13 yrs. and is doing very well. She is 63. Would it be safe to get Zostavax?

Not recommended: Ask your doctor but in general the pts with MS especially the relapsing remitting type are recommended against getting this vaccine. Inactive viral vaccines are usually considered safe but not while she is in crisis. The Zostavax is attenuated but not killed. It's ability to cause disease is minimized but not entirely negative. check with your neurologist as well. ...Read more

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What are the adverse reactions to zostavax vaccinations?

What are the adverse reactions to zostavax vaccinations?

Zostavax: Zostavax, the vaccine for prevention of herpes zoster (hz, also known as shingles) and its complications in individuals aged 60 and older, is very well tolerated. Very minor side effects include pain and swelling at the site of injection. ...Read more

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Is zostavax effective for rheumatoid arthritis patients?

EFFECTIVE BUT: Yes it is effective to prevent Herpes Zoster even for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients as long as they are not immunosuppressed If immunosuppressed due to therapy than you can not give this vaccine as there is risk of disseminated Herpes Zoster.It is contraindicated ...Read more

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Is it safe to take zostavax while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Nope & Unknown: If you're pregnant, you should not get the zostavax vaccine [it's a live virus]. After you get the vaccine, you should wait 3 months before you get pregnant [4 weeks according to the cdc]. If you're breastfeeding, we don't know how vaccine gets into your breast milk [usually they don't. Cdc says not contraindicated]. Zostavax has been tested in ages 50 and older. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone who has received the zostavax vaccine to be near a newborn? If not, how many days should they wait before it is safe again?

Is it safe for someone who has received the zostavax vaccine to be near a newborn? If not, how many days should they wait before it is safe again?

Likely safe: If the mother of the newborn has had chickenpox then the baby has passive immunity for some time. Additionally, secondary spread of this weakened vaccine virus does not occur much at all. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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