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Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

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There are two shingles vaccines. Shingrix (RZV) is recommended over the older vaccine,  because it is more than 90% more effective in preventing a shingles outbreak. The CDC recommends that you get Shingrix if you’re 50 or older. You would need two shots for Shingrix. One initially, with a follow up in six months. Zostavax

Shingrixe recuces your chance of getting shingles by more than 90%. Even if you still get shingles, the vaccine may help it be less painful.

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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