What should I know about Zostavax before receiving it?

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Zostavax (herpes zoster vaccine) does not treat shingles, but instead is used to help prevent the virus that causes this condition. If you do get shingles after receiving the Zostavax vaccination, it can make the condition less painful. Zostavax can cause allergic reactions. Severe allergic reactions, which require emergency medical help, usually develop within an hour after receiving the vaccine.

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