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Do I still need the shingles vaccine if I've never had chickenpox?

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Yes, you do. Shingrix recommended for everyone age 50 and older, whether or not you remember having had chickenpox, because most people have been exposed to the virus.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Shingles. Seek Early Treatment."

Mayo Clinic Health Letter, June 2002.

Oxman M.   2005. New England Journal of Medicine,

Douglas M.  , 2004. Drug Safety

WebMD Health News: "Shingles Vaccine to Be Routine at 60."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans' Risk of Shingles."

Vaccines.Gov: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

CDC: “What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Shingles. Seek Early Treatment."

Mayo Clinic Health Letter, June 2002.

Oxman M.   2005. New England Journal of Medicine,

Douglas M.  , 2004. Drug Safety

WebMD Health News: "Shingles Vaccine to Be Routine at 60."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans' Risk of Shingles."

Vaccines.Gov: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

CDC: “What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

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