Shingles Vaccination

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in the body. For unknown reasons, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles.

Zostavax®, the shingles vaccine, reduced the risk of shingles by 51% and the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia by 67% based on an extensive study of more than 38,000 adults aged 60 years or older. Protection from shingles vaccine lasts about five years.

While the vaccine was most effective in people 60 through 69, it also provides some protection for people 70 and older.

Adults vaccinated before age 60 might not be protected later in life when the risk for shingles and its complications is most significant.

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