A 60-year-old female asked:
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i've never had chicken pox. i'm 60 years old. should i get a shot for shingles

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Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles shot: Yes. Although the vaccine is only 50% effective, it is a wise choice because the effects of shingles can be devastating leaving prolonged and difficult to manage nerve pain (neuritis). It's a good health gamble to take. Get the shot.
Answered on Jun 14, 2012
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
No: I don't think so. A vcaccination might even encourage shingles. See that your general health iskept up by good diet, adequate exercise and rest.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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