Varicella-Zoster Virus Strain OKA/MERCK Live antigen Solution for injection
What is this medicine?
HERPES ZOSTER VIRUS VACCINE (HUR peez ZOS ter vahy ruhs vak SEEN) is a vaccine. It is used to prevent shingles in adults 50 years old and over. This vaccine is not used to treat shingles or nerve pain from shingles.
How should I use this medicine?
This vaccine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever, flu-like symptoms
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
aches or pains
loss of appetite
redness, pain, swelling at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
medicines to treat cancer
medicines that suppress your immune system
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
cancer like leukemia or lymphoma
immune system problems or therapy
infection with fever
an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, neomycin, gelatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups.
This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.
After receiving this vaccine it may be possible to pass chickenpox infection to others. Avoid people with immune system problems, pregnant women who have not had chickenpox, and newborns of women who have not had chickenpox. Talk to your doctor for more information.
March 22, 2017