This is a new vaccine that protects against the development of shingles and the pain that can remain after the rash goes away.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox.
One complication of shingles is chronic nerve pain at the site of the rash. The pain can persist even after the rash has healed.
Shingrix and Zostavax are two vaccines given to reduce the risk of developing shingles and PHN.
Two doses of the Shingrix vaccine are recommended.
The best time to get Shingrix will depend on your individual situation. Ask your healthcare provider what is best for you. It is important to remember that if you get the vaccine while you have the shingles, it will not:
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Shingrix as the preferred vaccine for the prevention of shingles in adults aged fifty and up.
You should not get the Shingrix vaccine if you are pregnant or have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose or to any of the vaccine’s components.
The vaccine may be postponed if you have a fever or a moderate to severe acute illness.
Contact your health care provider if you are over the age of fifty and have questions about the Shingrix vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask during your appointment.
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