NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

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varicella zoster virus strain Oka/Merck live antigen
A sterile, lyophilized preparation of the Oka/Merck strain of the live, attenuated varicella zoster virus (VZV), that can be used to prevent varicella, commonly known as chickenpox, or herpes zoster (HZ), commonly known as shingles. Upon reconstitution and subcutaneous vaccination with the VZV strain Oka/Merck live antigen, this vaccine induces antigen-specific T-cell and B-cell immune responses against the VZV, thereby protecting against VZV infection. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:human herpesvirus 3 live (attenuated) antigen
varicella-zoster virus live
zoster vaccine live
US brand name:Varivax
Zostavax