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  • Zostavax Herpes Zoster Shingles Vaccine Information

    Zostavax Vaccine

    Zostavax is a shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine made by Merck & Co. that is recommended for adults over 60 years old. It reduces the risk of skin rash from shingles...

  • Shingles Vaccine

    The shingles vaccine Zostavax® protects against infections with the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Zostavax can potentially cause severe shingles, chickenpox, or even death in sick...

  • Picture of RotaTeq Rotavirus Vaccine

    Rotavirus Vaccine Side Effects

    The most severe rotavirus vaccine side effect is intussusception, a potentially deadly intestinal blockage. Risk estimates range from 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 100,000 infants who get rotavirus vaccines....

  • Rotavirus Vaccine

    Two rotavirus vaccines (Rotateq® and Rotarix®) are recommended for babies to reduce the risk of gastroenteritis. One of the most severe vaccine side effects is intussusception, a life-threatening intestinal blockage....

  • Polio Vaccine Side Effects

    The risk of polio vaccine side effects depends on the type of vaccine. The U.S. only uses the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), which is sold alone as Ipol® or in...

  • Polio Immunization Information

    Polio Vaccine

    Polio is eradicated in the United States, but children are still routinely immunized with the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) or combination vaccines against the poliomyelitis virus. What is the polio...

  • Pneumonia Vaccine Information

    What is the Pneumonia Vaccine?

    Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that affects millions of people each year and can potentially cause death. The pneumonia vaccine, also known as a pneumococcal vaccine, immunizes against infections...

  • Meningitis Vaccine Information

    What is the Meningitis Vaccine?

    What most people call the “meningitis vaccine” is actually a vaccine against meningococcal disease, which can include meningitis but also other diseases like pneumonia. The meningitis vaccine has become routine...