The Shingles Vaccine (cont.)
In this Article
- What is shingles?
- The shingles vaccine
- Some people should not get the shingles vaccine or should wait.
- What are the risks from the shingles vaccine?
- What if there is a moderate or severe reaction?
- How can I learn more?
The Shingles Vaccine
A vaccine for shingles was licensed in 2006. In clinical trials, the vaccine reduced the risk of shingles by 50%. It can also reduce pain in people who still get shingles after being vaccinated.
A single dose of shingles vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older.
Some people should not get the shingles vaccine or should wait.
A person should not get the shingles vaccine who:
- has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.
- has a weakened immune system because of current:
- AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system,
- treatment with drugs that affect the immune system, such as prolonged use of high-dose steroids,
- cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy,
- cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
- is pregnant, or might be pregnant. Women should not become pregnant until at least4 weeks after getting shingles vaccine.
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