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What are the side effects of Zostavax?

The most common side effects of Zostavax (herpes zoster vaccine) include: swelling, redness or discomfort at the place where you received the shot. This occurs in about a third of all people receiving the vaccine. A headache also may occur in about 1 out of 70 people. Severe side effects include: symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as hives, rash or itchiness; chest tightness; breathing problems; or swelling of your face or mouth. Severe allergic reactions to Zostavax are rare, but if they happen to you, get emergency medical help right away.

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