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Do you take zostavax if you have had shingles?

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Marvell 17 Dec 2010

I am sort of 95% certain that you don't need Zostavax if you have already had shingles.

Herpes zoster is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox in children. When this virus becomes active again in an adult, it can cause herpes zoster, or shingles. Zostavax is a live vaccine that helps prevent shingles.

Zostavax works by exposing you to a small dose of the virus, which causes the body to develop immunity to the disease. Zostavax will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.

Zostavax is used to PREVENT herpes zoster virus (shingles) in people age 60 and older.

Zostavax will not treat shingles or nerve pain caused by shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia).

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