Shingles Vaccine - Varicella Zoster
This is a home-service Shingles vaccination administered by a licensed medical practitioner and includes a vaccination card. This provides protection against the varicella zoster virus, which can cause chickenpox and shingles.
Frequency of shots and dosing for adults:
For individuals over the age of 60, a two-dose series may be recommended, with the second dose given 2 to 6 months after the first dose.
Who can receive this:
This is safe for most individuals, including children and adults. Those who can use this vaccine include individuals who have never had chickenpox or shingles, as well as those who have had chickenpox in the past but have not received the vaccine. It is also recommended for individuals over the age of 50, as the risk of developing shingles increases with age.
Who CANNOT receive this:
The varicella zoster vaccine should not be given to individuals with a history of severe allergic reactions to any component of the vaccine, including gelatin and neomycin. It is also contraindicated for individuals with immunodeﬁciency or immunosuppression due to disease or therapy, as this can lead to serious or fatal disseminated vaccine strain varicella-zoster virus disease. The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women, as naturally occurring VZV infection can cause fetal harm. Pregnancy should be avoided for three months after receiving the vaccine.