No, the Zostavax vaccine only helps protect you from getting herpes zoster (shingles). Herpes zoster is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, and is caused by a different virus, herpes simplex. The Zostavax vaccine will not protect you from infection by herpes simplex.
- Q Can I take Zostavax if I can't remember if I had chickenpox?
- Q Is it worthwhile for my 90-year-old mother to get the Zostavax vaccine?
- Q Are there any risks in receiving Zostavax?
- Q Should I stay away from my newborn grandchild if I take Zostavax?
- Q Who should receive Zostavax?
- Q What is the difference between Zostavax and Varivax?