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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccine
Vaccines are the best way to protect against some very serious diseases. Protect against shingles with this safe and effective vaccine.
In Ontario, the shingles vaccine is given, for a cost, to:
What is shingles?
What causes shingles?
People who develop shingles had chickenpox at one time during their life. Following chickenpox disease, the virus becomes inactivated, however stays within the body in nerve cells. Shingles occurs when that same virus becomes reactivated.
How safe is the shingles vaccine?
Very safe. The only individuals who should not receive the shingles vaccine are those who:
What are the side effects that I should watch for after vaccination?
Serious side effects from the vaccine are very rare. Most adults have no problems following vaccination. Possible side effects include:
Call your doctor if you develop any symptoms that are severe or last more than a few days. Please note that serious side effects are very unlikely to occur and the benefits of the vaccine are much greater than the risks.
If you choose to receive this vaccine today, it is required that you wait three months before donating blood.
For more information on this vaccine, contact Public Health and ask to speak to a Public Health Nurse in the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program.
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