Protect Yourself against Shingles
Almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime. Older people are at a greater risk for developing shingles. They can reduce their risk of developing shingles and the pain it causes by getting vaccinated.
Shingles vaccine (Zostavax®) reduces the risk of developing shingles and the long-term pain from post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) caused shingles. In 2006, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended shingles vaccine for people aged 60 years and older. Even people who have had shingles can receive the vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.
Your risk for developing shingles increases as you get older. The Shingles Prevention Study found that shingles vaccine significantly reduced disease people aged in 60 years and older.
Shingles vaccine is available by prescription from a healthcare professional. It can be given in doctor's office and pharmacies. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about shingles vaccine.
Shingles vaccine is approved by FDA for people aged 50 years and older. However, CDC does not have a recommendation for routine use of shingles vaccine in people aged 50 through 59 years old.
What You Need to Know about the Shingles Vaccine
- Disease Protection
- Who Should Get the Vaccine
- Who Should Not Get the Vaccine
- Possible Reactions to Vaccination
- Reimbursement for Vaccination
- Vaccine Safety
- What You Need to Know about Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine [2 pages]
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- Page last reviewed: May 1, 2014
- Page last updated: September 17, 2014
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