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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination

At a Glance

Shingles vaccination

Shingles is a painful localized skin rash often with blisters that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because VZV remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and VZV can reappear years later causing shingles. Shingles most commonly occurs in people 50 years old or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs.

Shingles vaccine is recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people 60 years old or older. See MMWR: Prevention of Shingles (and corrections.)

 

What You Should Know

About the Disease

  • Overview Posted Jan 2011
    Symptoms, transmission, complications, treatment and prevention
  • Pictures of Shingles
    Warning: Some of these photos are quite graphic.

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Vaccine Information

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Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information on Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

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Vaccine Information

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References and Resources

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Provider Education

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Materials for Patients

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For the Media

Materials for the Media

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Vaccine for Those 60 Years and Older

The Shingles Prevention Study involved individuals age 60 years and older and found the shingles vaccine significantly reduced disease in this age group. The vaccine is currently recommended for persons 60 years of age and older.

 

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