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Read user comments about the side effects, benefits, and effectiveness of ZOSTAVAX (PF) SubQ.

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58 Total User Reviews

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Condition: Prevention of Shingles
4/3/2014 6:42:31 PM

Reviewer: Bernie, 55-64 Male on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
It's human nature that people mostly report dissatisfaction, so the reviews here reflect that bias. I had the vaccine 2 days ago- of course there's some redness and tenderness in the region, but the reaction is nowhere near as bad as a tetnus booster, nor dangerous like the old smallpox vaccines. My brother had shingles 2x, so I figured that I should get vaccinated at 61. It's not a ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Prevention of Shingles
12/20/2013 5:51:29 AM

Reviewer: Hospitalsmakemenervous, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Caregiver)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 4

Comment:
I just received my Zostavax SQ vaccine injection on 12/18/2013: I was very careful to research it and check as to when it was ok to take this live vaccine Zostavax after receiving a flu shot about 1 month before going on to the zostavax injection...intially the doctor who ordered it for me said it was "ok" to go ahead with the Zostavax Injection immediately, but because last year I was ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Prevention of Shingles
12/8/2013 4:25:06 PM

Reviewer: PTsharon, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 2

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 3

Comment:
After having the injection, I never gave it another thought. No side effects. 8 months later I got shingles. Aargh. Doc started me on valacyclovir. She said this should be a mild case since i had the shot and got the antiviral right away. Uncomfortable but not in excruciating pain. Disappointed that I got shingles though!

Condition: Prevention of Shingles
11/3/2013 3:00:10 AM

Reviewer: tanya, 65-74 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 1

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 1

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
Two days after vaccination I developed Herpes blisters on my outer ear with itching in my inner ear, now being treated with Acyclovire. Also stabbing pain in my eyes for several days.Should a person with Herpes have the Shingles vaccine? Can't find info on this.

Condition: Prevention of Shingles
10/25/2013 5:59:35 PM

Reviewer: afraid to look, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 1

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
I'll be back--it's Friday night and I got the shot Tuesday morning in my upper left arm--the injection site is swollen, and the rash has been expanding each day--it is itchy, and oval shaped and at least 5 inches long. Went to doctor today--got three medicines and wondering whether I can continue my current job(s), as they are both working with the general public. I am angry beyond words ... Show Full Comment

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