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If I have had the old shingles vaccine should I take the new two part vaccine?

By Anonymous July 27, 2018 - 4:37pm
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Hello, Anon. Thank you for your question today.

Recently, the CDC officially recommended that adults 50 and over get the new vaccine Shingrix to prevent shingles instead of the previous one, Zostavax. Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and a painful complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in all age groups. Zostavax lowers the odds of getting shingles by about 51%, and of PHN by 67%. It's less effective in people ages 70 and older.

The CDC recommends that you get the Shingrix vaccine if you've already had Zostavax, because it's more effective than the older vaccine and the protection lasts longer. You should wait a few months after you have Zostavax to get Shingrix - as recommended by your doctor.


July 27, 2018 - 6:45pm
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