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Label Changes for:

Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) suspension for subcutaneous injection

January 2010

Changes have been made to the PRECAUTIONS and PATIENT PACKAGE INSERT sections of the safety label.

Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) – March 2011 and January 2010


*Current Label information supercedes previous label changes 


Concomitant Administration with Other Vaccines
  • In a randomized clinical study, a reduced immune response to Zostavax as measured by gpELISA was observed in individuals who received concurrent administration of Pneumovax 23 and Zostavax compared with individuals who received these vaccines 4 weeks apart. Consider administration of the two vaccines separated by at least 4 weeks.


Can I get Zostavax with other vaccines?
  • Talk to your health care provider if you plan to get Zostavax at the same time as Pneumovax 23 because it may be better to get these vaccines at least 4 weeks apart.




Concomitant Administration with Other Vaccines
  • Zostavax and Pneumovax 23 (pneumococcal vaccine) should not be given concurrently because concomitant use resulted in reduced immunogenicity of Zostavax.


Can I receive Zostavax with other vaccines?
  • Zostavax should not be given at the same time as the Pneumovax 23 vaccine. For more information about these vaccines, talk to your health care provider.