Zoster Vaccine – What are its Features and Uses?
Summary: Zoster vaccine is an attenuated vaccine which is used to improve the immunity of the body to fight against illness. It was licensed in 2006 and is used to prevent Shingles. It is highly effective in reducing the risk of Shingles in adults above 60 years of age.
Vaccine For Zoster or Vaccine for Shingles is an attenuated live vaccine which was licensed on 25th May, 2006. It is used to prevent Shingles, which is a form of painful skin rash. Shingles, which is also known as Zoster or Herpes Zoster leads to appearance of rash on one side of the body, mostly face. It is a very rare phenomenon with symptoms like chills, fever, headache and stomach upset. In very few cases, it leads to hearing problems, pneumonia, inflammation of brain or even death.
Zoster vaccine is used to treat and prevent Shingles which is caused due to Varicella Zoster virus. This is the same virus which is known to cause chicken pox. Shingles does not spread from one person to another, however, there is a very slight chance that a person who has never been infected by chickenpox of getting infected with chickenpox upon being in contact with a person infected with Shingles.
Shingles is mostly observed in people above 50 years of age or older. Zoster vaccine is used to reduce the pain in the people who are affected with Shingles, and shows a reduced risk of 50%. It is highly effective in adults above 60 years of age. The most common symptoms of this vaccine are pain, tenderness, redness, itchiness and swelling at the injected site. It can even lead to a headache.
Zoster vaccine should not be administered to persons who are allergic to neomycin, gelatin, or any other component of the vaccine. People with a weak immune system due to various causes like AIDS, drugs treatment, cancer treatment, prolonged usage of steroids, bone marrow cancer, and lymphatic cancer should avoid this vaccine. Also, women who are pregnant or have chances of getting pregnant should also avoid this vaccine.
Zoster Vaccine for Shingles
Shingles vaccine should not be administered to a person who is suffering from moderate or severe illness. Those persons should wait till they have completely recovered from their illness. There are cases where severe allergic reaction occurs just within few hours of taking the vaccine. It is an unusual case and may result in symptoms like hoarseness, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the throat, paleness, hives, dizziness, weakness, or fast hear beat.
Zoster vaccine is administered in the form of a shot on the back side of the upper arm section. It is effective to reduce the risk of developing Shingles by preventing post herpetic neuralgia. It has been clinically tested and trailed on more than 30,000 adults. It is advised to contact your doctor or the health care provider before getting administered by this vaccine.