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Shingles Vaccine

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The shingles vaccine is an injection to protect you from the herpes-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is a painful rash that develops in people who had chickenpox. You can get the shingles vaccine even if you do not know if you had chickenpox. If you have had shingles, the vaccine can help prevent another outbreak.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, swelling in your throat, or hives.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have a high fever or behavior changes that concern you.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about the shingles vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to the area to relieve swelling and pain. If you develop a chickenpox-like rash near the injection site, cover the rash until it goes away.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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