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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Zoster Vaccine (Overview)

A vaccine that helps to reduce the risk of getting herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 50 years of age and older. Zostavax is the only us licensed vaccine that reduces the risk of reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same one that causes chicken pox, and remains dormant in the body after recovering from chicken pox.


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Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Different: Zoster vaccine is for preventing herpes zoster (most commonly causing shingles) and Gardasil is the brand name for hpv (human papilloma virus) vaccine which prevents certain strains of hpv that cause cervical cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
27 doctors shared insights

Zoster Vaccine (Overview)

A vaccine that helps to reduce the risk of getting herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 50 years of age and older. Zostavax is the only us licensed vaccine that reduces the risk of reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same one that causes chicken pox, and remains dormant in the body after recovering from chicken pox.


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What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

ZOSTER VACCINE: Also called varicella-zoster vaccine. Varicella-zoster virus is a herpesvirus, morphologically identical to herpes simplex virus, that causes varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster in man; varicella results from a primary infection with the virus; herpes zoster results from secondary invasion by the same virus or by reactivation of infection which in many instances has been latent for many years. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

Do consider vaccine if over 60 or at high risk of shingles. Avoid kids who haven't had chicken pox. ...See more

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If someone already had shingles is it safe to get the zoster vaccine and can it prevent another outbreak?

If someone already had shingles is it safe to get the zoster vaccine and can it prevent another outbreak?

Can be given age 50: The fda recommends it be offered at age 50 & up. The cdc has not weighed in on the lower age group & still stayed at the 60 year old recommendation for now, partly out of concern for supply. At age 50, there is a better immune response meaning more people can mount a good reaction to the vaccine (69% vs 50%) & become immune to shingles. The shot is very expensive but I do offer it to 50 year old's. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

ZOSTER VACCINE: Also called varicella-zoster vaccine. Varicella-zoster virus is a herpesvirus, morphologically identical to herpes simplex virus, that causes varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster in man; varicella results from a primary infection with the virus; herpes zoster results from secondary invasion by the same virus or by reactivation of infection which in many instances has been latent for many years. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Different: Zoster vaccine is for preventing herpes zoster (most commonly causing shingles) and Gardasil is the brand name for hpv (human papilloma virus) vaccine which prevents certain strains of hpv that cause cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Does any one know anything about the herpes zoster vaccine?

Does any one know anything about the  herpes zoster vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: About 30 percent of the population eventually has herpes zoster. About 15 percent of them have involvement of the tissue around the eye which can leave some people visually impaired. The vaccine is about 80 percent effective. Given the frequency of infection and possible severity the vaccine is recommended for anyone over age 50. If you have had shingles it is unlikely that you will get herpes zos. ...Read more

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Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if the virulent, ...Read more