What is the shingles vaccine?

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The shingles vaccine, also known as the zoster vaccine, prevents shingles in people over 50 years of age. This prescription vaccine, called  Zostavax, contains a small amount of the herpes zoster virus which, when injected, prepares the immune system to fight a full-scale infection from the virus. The shingles vaccine cannot treat a case of shingles.

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