Here you have 5 facts about the Herpes Zoster vaccine. Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles, or just Zoster, is a painful, viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters. It is similar to chicken pox but Herpes Zoster only affects older adults. The thought of getting the Herpes Zoster vaccine can be a scary one, so wanting to know a little bit about it before getting you get the vaccine is wise and can make you feel better about it.
- The vaccine for the Herpes Zoster was licensed in the year 2006. This is a fairly new vaccine.
- The clinical trials. In the clinical trials of the vaccine, the vaccine reduced the risk of Herpes Zoster by 50%. The vaccine can also reduce pain in people who still get Herpes Zoster after being vaccinated.
- The risks associated with the vaccine. Just like any other vaccination or medicine, the Herpes Zoster vaccine could possibly cause serious problems, problems such as, severe allergic reactions. The risk of serious harm, or death is very small. There have been no serious problems identified with the Herpes Zoster vaccine.
- There are some mild problems one might experience. The mild problems one might experience after receiving the vaccine are redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the injection site. One in every three people experience these problems. Some people, about one in every seventy who receive the vaccine, experience headaches.
- Some individuals should NOT get the vaccine. Anyone who has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of the Herpes Zoster vaccine. Persons with a weakened immune system because of current: AIDS or other diseases that affect the immune system, treatment with drugs that affect the immune system (such as prolonged use of high-dose steroids), cancer treatment (such as radiation or chemotherapy), cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system (such as leukemia or lymphoma).Women who are pregnant, or may be pregnant, should not get the vaccine. Anyone with a moderate or severe acute illness (this includes anyone with a temperature of 101.3° F or higher) should wait until they recover before getting vaccinated.