The shingles vaccine, also known as Zostavax, is a strain of the weakened chickenpox virus that is designed to stimulate the immune system and reduce the risk of contracting shingles, as stated by WebMD. The shingles vac... More » Health Women's Health

The shingles vaccine works by introducing a small dose of the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox in younger people and shingles in older adults, into the body, giving the immune system exposure to the virus ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

In a study involving 38,000 people 60 and older, the shingles vaccine reduced the incidence of shingles by 51 percent and the incidence of post-herpetic neuralgia, or after-shingles pain, by 67 percent, according to the ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Skin Conditions

An individual gets shingles pain when herpes zoster, the chickenpox virus, comes out of hibernation due to stress or a weakened immune system, explains WebMD. Because the virus stays at nerve roots, it can become quite p... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

The FDA has approved the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, for people ages 50 and older, according to the CDC. Adults ages 60 and older should receive the vaccine. More » Health Medications & Vitamins

The most common side effects of Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, include injection site reactions, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain, headache and mild skin rash, according to More serious side effects include fl... More » Health Medications & Vitamins

The shingles vaccine, also known as Zostavax, does contain a live, active virus, according to the FDA. Since the vaccine contains a live virus, it should not be given to patients who have weakened immune systems. More » Health Medications & Vitamins