Extremely urgent please help: What are some brand names or prescription vaccines that help prevent shingles?
could varicellla be one of them?
- matador 89Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Native Lotus Flower,
The shingles vaccine – Zostavax, made by Merck & Co., Inc. - is recommended for people over the age of 60. It is not used to treat an active case of shingles but can be given to help prevent shingles. The shingles vaccine, which is given as a single injection, is typically effective for at least four years. While most people tolerate the vaccine well, potential side effects include headaches and injection site reactions. To make the picture clearer, shingles is caused by a virus, the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The initial infection of varicella-zoster virus causes a case of chickenpox. After the case of chickenpox, the virus never goes away. It remains inactive in certain nerve cells of the body, waiting to become active again (which usually occurs as people age and their immune systems are less able to suppress the virus). The shingles vaccine is a live (but weakened) version of the varicella-zoster virus. The shingles vaccine causes the body to produce an immune system response to the virus, which helps prevent shingles.
Hope this helps
- LeaLv 71 decade ago
Varicella is for Chicken Pox.
The shingles vaccine is called Zostavax. You're supposed to receive it once you reach 60. This vaccine is covered by Medicare Part D, if applicable. Your physician will be considered out of network and your pharmacist/pharmacy will be considered in network in terms of administration.Source(s): pharmacy student