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How often do you need shingles vaccine?

By Anonymous October 5, 2018 - 3:50pm
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Hello, Anon. Thank you for posting.

Zostavax is a vaccine to protect against shingles, a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.  Because one in every three adults over age 60 will get shingles, experts recommend getting vaccinated when you are 60 or older, which can reduce your risk of shingles by 51% and postherpetic neuralgia by 67%. The shingles vaccine does become less protective over time, typically within the first five years.  A booster has not been approved yet, and the vaccine is still given in a single, one-time shot. 



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