Medication information

Zostavax II 19400PFU vaccine

This product is a vaccine that will help you develop an immunity to shingles. Even though you may not feel its effects, this medication takes effect after a few weeks.

Instructions

This product is usually injected under the skin (subcutaneously) by a health professional.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause redness and swelling at the injection site.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

Keep this product in the refrigerator, out of reach of young children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional Information

Taking this medication during pregnancy may be harmful for the baby. Women of childbearing potential should use an effective contraceptive method.

Pregnant women should not use this product. If you're planning a pregnancy or become pregnant, contact your family doctor.

General notes

It is important to tell the health professionals you consult:

  • if you have a history of any other medical condition, whether you smoke and for women, if you are or want to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • if you have allergies to any medications or any other allergies (e.g. to food, latex, etc.);
  • all medications you are taking, prescription and non-prescription, including vitamins and natural products and supplements.