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Indications and Contraindictions to Vaccination Against Herpes Zoster (Zostavax, Shingles Vaccine)

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Description:

Zostavax is vaccine developed to prevent herpes zoster and its complications (primarily postherpetic neuralgia) in older adults. It contains a higher titer of live, attenuated virus than other varicella vaccines intended for children and younger adults. It increases cell-mediated immunity against varicella zoster virus (VZV) in elderly adults who may have had waning immunity with age.

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