What is the shingles vaccination, and when would a person receive it?

Dr. Nicholas Davis discusses the shingles vaccination and when to get it. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is the shingles vaccination, and when would you receive it?

The new vaccine that came out earlier this year in 2018, is called Shingrix. It is a two part shot, instead of a one part shot and it's actually so much more effective and it doesn't fade over time. But they lowered the age from 60 years old to 50 years old.

   

The shingles vaccine is a one-time vaccine given to people 60 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The vaccine is designed to lower your risk of getting shingles, and it also will reduce the risk of long-term pain if you do end up with shingles, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The vaccine boosts the immune system and, in clinical trials, has reduced the risk of shingles in older adults by about half, according to the NIH.

There is no maximum age for getting the vaccine, and even people who have already had shingles are encouraged to get it to help prevent getting the painful disease again, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the shingles vaccine and if it’s right for you.

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