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Containing a live, yet subdued variant of the virus, Zostavax can lead to the development of many side effects including:


  • Chickenpox

  • Shingles

  • Fever

  • Hives at the injection site

  • Joint pain

  • Muscle pain

  • Nausea

  • Rash

  • Rash at the injection site

  • Swollen glands near the injection site (that may last a few days to a few weeks)


The vaccine Zostavax can ultimately cause adult patients to get Shingles, the disease that this shot is supposed to protect against. Shingles can pose a lot of health risks including:


Brain injuries:

  • Encephalitis, an acute inflammation of the brain

  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), an immune-mediated inflammatory encephalopathy

  • Stroke

  • Ataxia (trouble walking)

  • Hypertonia (increased muscle tone)

  • Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone)

  • Hemiparesis (weakness on one-side of the body)

Heart Injuries:

  • Cardiomyopathy


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