What is shingles?

  • Shingles (herpes zoster infection) is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away.

Why should someone get the herpes zoster vaccine?

  • Herpes zoster vaccine is the only way to protect against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles.

Who SHOULD get the herpes zoster vaccine?

  • Healthy adults 50 years and older should get two doses of the herpes zoster vaccine, separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and complications from the disease.

Who should NOT get the herpes zoster vaccine?

  • Anyone who has ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the vaccine or after a dose of the vaccine.

  • Anyone who has tested negative for immunity to varicella zoster virus. If you have tested negative, you should get the chickenpox vaccine.

  • Anyone who currently has shingles.

  • Anyone who is currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

For up-to-date information about the herpes zoster vaccine, go to the CDC’s website. You can also talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the herpes zoster vaccine and your personal health. See more information about the herpes zoster vaccine.

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