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Does the vaccine help prevent shingles?

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The CDC suggests getting the shingles vaccineShingrix (RZV) if you're age 50 or older. It was approved in 2017 and has been found to be more than 90% effective effective in preventing shingles and the complications caused by the disease. Even if you've already had shingles, the CDC says the vaccine can help prevent a second round of it. Shingrix is preferred over an earlier vaccine, . You should also get it if you have previously had had the Zostravax vaccine. Zostavax

Talk to your doctor about when to get the vaccine. If you've just gotten over shingles, the CDC recommends waiting at least until the shingles rash has disappeared.

 You should not get the Shingrix vaccine if you:

Since the older vaccine, Zostavax, is a live virus, You should not get it if you are allergic to the vaccine, have a weakened immune system, or are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant in the next 4 weeks.

  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • You are allergic to the vaccine
  • You tested negative for immunity to chickenpox (varicella zoster). If so, you should ask about  the chicken pox (varicella) vaccine
  • Currently have shingles

From: Will My Shingles Come Back? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

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