Should I get a Shingrix shingles vaccine?
You should get the Shingrix vaccine even if you…
- Have already had shingles in the past, because it does help prevent future shingles outbreaks.
- Have received Zostavax vaccine in the past, as long as you wait 8 weeks in between.
- Don’t remember having chicken pox, because studies show that 99% of Americans over 40 years old have had chicken pox, even if they don’t remember having it!
- In adults 50 to 69 years old who got two doses, Shingrix was 97% effective in preventing shingles, and 91% effective in preventing post-herpetic neuralgia.
- In adults 70 years and older who got two doses, Shingrix was 91% effective in preventing shingles, and 89% effective in preventing PHN.
- Your risk for shingles and the painful complication of post-herpetic neuralgia, increases as you get older, so it is important to have strong protection against shingles in your older years.
- Most people will have some soreness in the arm where the vaccine was given, for 2-3 days.
- Some people will have mild redness or swelling where they got the shot, for 2-3 days.
- Fewer people have fatigue, headache, muscle pain, nausea, or low grade fever, for 2-3 days.
Dr. Anita Bennett MD – Health Tip Content Editor
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