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When should you get a shingles (zoster) vaccine?

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There are two vaccinations available. Shingrix (RZV) is the newer of the two and is recommended for adults 50 and older. It is administered in two shots, 2 to 6 months apart. It is recommended over Zostavax because Shingrix can be over 90% effective in prevening shingles. Zostavax is about 50% effective and is given once, usually at age 60 or later.

All healthy adults aged 50 and older should get Shingrex unless they have health problems or get treatments that affect how well their bodies fight infection.

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News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

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