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Merck Pharmaceutical’s ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine used in prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 50 years of age and older.

Patients are claiming that the shingles vaccine ZOSTAVAX is causing serious side effects or even death.

If you or a loved one had the shingles vaccine ZOSTAVAX and suffered side effects, please contact us today for a confidential, risk free consultation!


What is the Shingles Vaccine?

Merck Pharmaceutical’s ZOSTAVAX is a shingles vaccine approved by the FDA May 25, 2006 for people aged 50 and older for prevention of herpes zoster (shingles). However, there is some confusion regarding age and approved use, as the CDC reports Merck Pharmaceutical’s shingles vaccine is recommended for those aged 60 and older, despite FDA’s initially approving it for people 50 and older.

ZOSTAVAX contains live varicella zoster virus – the chickenpox virus that also causes shingles. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in their body. Later in life, if the immune system becomes weakened, the virus can reactivate to cause shingles. According to Merck Pharmaceuticals, ZOSTAVAX contains a weakened (attenuated) form of the virus, which stimulates the immune system in an effort to keep the virus dormant and prevent shingles.

Shingles Vaccine Causes Shingles

The ZOSTAVAX shingles vaccine can cause shingles, and also chickenpox. In August 2014, Merck Pharmaceutical was told by FDA to add the “side effect” of “shingles” to “ZOSTAVAX” vaccine warnings.

Shingles Vaccine Deaths

The National Vaccine Information Center says Merck Pharmaceutical’s shingles vaccine may also be linked with fatalities. NCIV analysis found more than 1,100 serious adverse event reports for shingles vaccine made to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System from 1990 to 2015. Ninety (90) of these reports linked deaths with the shingles vaccine.

Reported Side Effects

• Shingles
• Necrotizing Retinitis (an eye disorder)
• Permanent Blindness
• Seizures
• Serious Damage to the Nervous System, including:

  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Stroke

• Guillain-Barre Syndrome
• Vasculitis (Inflammation of Blood Vessels)
• Congestive Heart Failure
• Varicella Pneumonia
• Death

Call us for a confidential, free consultation if you or a loved one suffered serious side effects after vaccination with the Merck shingles vaccine ZOSTAVAX.