If you've ever had chickenpox, you could get
The same virus that causes chickenpox also causes Shingles. The virus stays in your body and can later resurface as Shingles—a painful, blistering rash.
Help prevent Shingles with ZOSTAVAX, the Shingles vaccine.
ZOSTAVAX ("ZOS-tah-vax") is not a treatment for Shingles—it's a vaccine you can get now to help reduce your risk of getting Shingles in the future. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that appropriate adults 60 years of age or older get vaccinated to help prevent Shingles.
How ZOSTAVAX works.
ZOSTAVAX works by helping your immune system protect you from getting Shingles. It is thought that ZOSTAVAX does this by helping to provide a boost to the immune system—the body's natural defense system— to help control or suppress the Shingles virus.
The same virus that causes Shingles also causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, the Shingles virus never left your body, but throughout life, your immune system has kept it in check. It did this by developing specific defenses that help it suppress the virus.
Because the immune system weakens as you age, the body’s immunity to the Shingles virus declines. When that happens, it can reactivate as the painful, blistering rash of Shingles. This is why your chances of developing Shingles increase as you get older.
ZOSTAVAX is believed to boost your immune system so it is better able to keep the Shingles virus in check.
For more information visit www.zostavax.com
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