Zostavax Dosage

Generic name: zoster vaccine live
Dosage form: injection, powder, lyophilized, for suspension

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Recommended Dose and Schedule

ZOSTAVAX should be administered as a single 0.65 mL dose subcutaneously in the deltoid region of the upper arm.

Do not inject intravascularly or intramuscularly. Use only sterile syringes free of preservatives, antiseptics, and detergents for each injection and/or reconstitution of ZOSTAVAX. Preservatives, antiseptics and detergents may inactivate the vaccine virus.

Preparation for Administration

ZOSTAVAX is stored frozen and should be reconstituted immediately upon removal from the freezer. The diluent should be stored separately at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Use separate sterile needles for reconstitution and administration of ZOSTAVAX.

To reconstitute the vaccine: Use only the diluent supplied. Withdraw the entire contents of the diluent into a syringe. To avoid excessive foaming, slowly inject all of the diluent in the syringe into the vial of lyophilized vaccine and gently agitate to mix thoroughly.

ZOSTAVAX when reconstituted is a semi-hazy to translucent, off-white to pale yellow liquid.

Withdraw the entire contents of reconstituted vaccine into a syringe and inject the total volume subcutaneously.

THE VACCINE SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED IMMEDIATELY AFTER RECONSTITUTION, TO MINIMIZE LOSS OF POTENCY.

DISCARD RECONSTITUTED VACCINE IF IT IS NOT USED WITHIN 30 MINUTES.

DO NOT FREEZE RECONSTITUTED VACCINE.

Needles should be disposed of properly and should not be recapped.

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