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Brand name: Zostavax

Zostavax is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) chickenpox vaccine. On this page you will find out more about Zostavax, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: chickenpox vaccine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Zostavax (1 x 19 400 PFU vaccine vial, 1 x 0.65 mL inert diluent syringe), 1 pack

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

ZOSTAVAX is indicated for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 50 years of age and older. ZOSTAVAX is indicated for the prevention of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and for reduction of acute and chronic zoster-associated pain in individuals 60 years of age and older.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Medicine schedule
1 vial + 1 diluent syringe - blister: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10 vials + 10 diluent syringes - blister: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
Part 1
Part 1
Visual appearance Clear colourless solution.
Dosage Form Diluent, not applicable
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Part 2
Part 2
Visual appearance White compact, crystalline pellet.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Subcutaneous

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Multiple containers
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 18 Months
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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