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Zostavax - should you get the vaccination if you have had a slight hz outbreak?

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Rajive Goel 31 May 2010

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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