Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a rash with blisters that is often painful. It usually occurs in one part of the body and can last for several weeks.  It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.  After you have had chickenpox, the virus that caused it stays in your body in nerve cells.  Sometimes, after many years, if your immune system (the body’s natural defenses) becomes weaker (due to age, an illness, or medicine you are taking), the virus can cause shingles.

Shingles vaccine that helps to protect adults against shingles (herpes zoster) and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), the long-lasting nerve pain that follows shingles.  It reminds your body about the virus that causes shingles. This helps your immune system (the body’s natural defenses) stay prepared to fight the virus and protect you against shingles and its complications.


As shingles mostly develop in old-aged people, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine to be used on people aged 50 or above, while the CDC recommends people aged 60 or above to be vaccinated.  There is no maximum age for getting Shingles vaccine.

Shingles vaccine cannot be used to prevent chickenpox (varicella).  It cannot be used as a treatment if you already have shingles or shingles-related complications.

You should not receive Shingles vaccine if you:

  • have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or after a dose of Shingles vaccine (Shingrix)
  • tested negative for immunity to varicella-zoster virus. If you test negative, you should get  Shingles vaccine.
  • currently have shingles
  • currently are pregnant or breastfeeding. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should wait to get Shingles vaccine (Shingrix).
Shingles Vaccine
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