How is Zostavax administered?
Administer ZOSTAVAX as a single 0.65-mL dose subcutaneously in the deltoid region of the upper arm. subcutaneously. ADMINISTER IMMEDIATELY AFTER RECONSTITUTION to minimize loss of potency. Discard reconstituted vaccine if not used within 30 minutes.
Why is Zostavax given subcutaneously?
This vaccine should be given subcutaneously to individuals with severe thrombocytopenia or any coagulation disorder, because these individuals may bleed following intramuscular injections.
Is Zostavax given in two doses?
It is given in two separate doses with a period of two to six months in between. The second dose is necessary to ensure long-term effectiveness. Zostavax, approved in 2006, is a live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine. In other words, Zostavax contains a weakened version of the actual virus to produce an immune response.
Is shingles vaccine given im or SUBQ?
Shingrix should be injected intramuscularly in the deltoid region of the upper arm. Subcutaneous injection is a vaccine administration error and should be avoided.
Who can administer Zostavax?
Authorised Nurse Immunisers must not independently initiate and administer herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax) without medical authorisation. For more information call your public health unit on 1300 066 055 or click here.
Can varicella be given IM?
The vaccine is to be injected intramuscularly (IM) or subcutaneously (SC). The preferred injection sites are the anterolateral area of the thigh in younger children and the deltoid area in older children, adolescents, and adults.
Is Zostavax intramuscular?
Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) is administered subcutaneously as a single dose in the deltoid region. The vaccine should not be injected intramuscularly.
Can Prevnar 13 and Zostavax be given together?
Can I have Prevenar 13 at the same time as Zostavax? Yes. If you are aged 70 years or over you can receive both Zostavax and Prevenar 13 for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). It is safe to receive both vaccines at the same visit and these will usually be given in separate arms.
Does Zostavax require booster?
Zoster vaccine is administered subcutaneously as a single dose. The vaccine should not be injected intramuscularly. However, it is not necessary to repeat vaccination if it is administered intramuscularly. The vaccine should be administered immediately after reconstitution to minimize loss of potency.
Where is subcutaneous injection given?
Subcutaneous means under the skin. In this type of injection, a short needle is used to inject a drug into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle. Medication given this way is usually absorbed more slowly than if injected into a vein, sometimes over a period of 24 hours.
Can nurses administer Zostavax?
The current Immunisation Authority for Registered Nurses and Midwives does not include herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine. Authorised Nurse Immunisers must not independently initiate and administer herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax) without medical authorisation.
Is Zostavax still recommended?
The vaccine is currently recommended for persons 60 years of age and older. A person who has ever had a life-threatening or severe allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.