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Shingles Vaccine, Zostavax Side Effects


The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, is used by people over 50 who wish to prevent the occurrence of shingles. However, it is associated with shingles vaccine side effects and the CDC now recommends that adults wanting the vaccine should be 60 years and older. In addition to only being effective in about 51 percent of people, the vaccine may cause side effects in some people of a reportedly life-threatening nature.

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Zostavax Vaccine Adverse Events

The National Vaccine Information Center (NCIV) has reported that Zosatvax may also be linked with death. According to information posted on their website “Using the MedAlerts search engine, as of September 1, 2015 there had been 1,141 serious adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in connection with shingles containing vaccines since 1990. Over 33% of those serious shingles vaccine-related adverse events occurring in seniors 65-75 years of age. Of these shingles vaccine-related adverse event reports to VAERS, 90 were deaths, with 40% of the deaths occurring in seniors over 70 years of age.”

FDA Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Update

Manufactured by Merck and approved by the FDA in 2006, Zosatvax, contains live varicella zoster virus, which is the virus that causes Chicken Pox and Shingles. It is the only live virus vaccine for Shingles currently available. It is associated with a range of side effects, including injection site reactions (pain, redness, itching, swelling, warmth, bruising), headache, diarrhea, joint or muscle pain, or skin rash.

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, can also cause shingles, and chickenpox. In August 2014, the FDA instructed Merck to add "shingles" to the side effects shown as warnings for Zostavax vaccine.

About Shingles

Shingles is characterized by a painful skin rash, which tingles, and blisters. It typically appears on one side of the body at a time. The rash can last for up to thirty days. While Shingles largely effects the elderly, younger people can also get it. One out of every five people who get shingles end up with nerve pain that can last months, and even years.



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SHINGLES VACCINE, ZOSTAVAX SIDE EFFECTS LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Defendant in Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit Wants Case Removed to Federal Court
Defendant in Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit Wants Case Removed to Federal Court
April 7, 2017
Philadelphia, PA: A shingles vaccine lawsuit that was originally filed in state court in Philadelphia this past February may wind up in federal court if the defendant in the matter, Merck & Co., has its way.
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Woman Claims She Suffered Injuries from Shingles Vaccine
Woman Claims She Suffered Injuries from Shingles Vaccine
March 27, 2017
Dallas, TX: Patients who suffered injuries after receiving the shingles vaccine Zostavax may have lawsuit claims against the vaccine's manufacturer for allegedly failing to warn consumers of the vaccine's risks.
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Shingles Vaccine Lawsuits Mounting
Shingles Vaccine Lawsuits Mounting
March 16, 2017
Washington, DC: Complaints are mounting against Merck, the manufacturer of the shingles vaccine Zostavax that has been linked to life-threatening side effects. And the first Zostavax Injury Lawsuit was recently filed.
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Received this vaccine at the Veterans clinic and suffer form a number of the side effects. What should I do next?

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