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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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Zostavax (Definition)

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 ...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?

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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Is it true there’s a nursing shortage?

Is it true there’s a nursing shortage?

Not sure: I'm not sure if there is an actual shortage, but there will always be a demand for nurses either in the home care market, the nursing home industry, or hospitals or doctor's offices. ...Read more

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Can you please help vitamine d shortage , what to do?

Can you please help vitamine d shortage , what to do?

Supplement: There is plenty of vitamin d in stores. I am guessing you had your blood level measured and it is lower than normal. You can supplement with vitamin d and you can spend time in the sun (don't get burned) which can help immensely. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to decrease organ donation shortages?

Is there a good way to decrease organ donation shortages?

Many options: There are multiple options to increase donation numbers. Improving access to information for people or families in order for them to be confident with the decision to donate is one way. Presumed consent (you are considered a donor unless you make a formal statement that you do not want to be) is another. Education is the key to promoting donation. ...Read more