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A 28-year-old member asked:

Could you get shingles after getting the shingles vaccine?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Yes: You could get a mild case of shingles.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
The protection...: Efficacy is 50-60 percent so shingles can still occur but even if it occurs, the risk of post herpetic neuralgia - pain in the area after the rash is gone - is diminished in vaccinees. The virus causing the shingles after vaccination is not the vaccine virus but rather the chickenpox virus that is latent inside of you.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Donald Mantz
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: But, it may not be covered by insurance. Many insurers cover it starting at age 60. I could help boost your immunity and is probably worth the expense (about $250). Not studied for younger or middle aged adults yet, since most shingles occurs in th elderly, so they are the group for which the vaccine was targeted.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to get the shingles vaccine?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Multiple: You can either get it through your providers office, a health department, or a local convenient care establishment.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I got shingles so should I get the vaccine?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Too late: The zoster vaccine is offered to boost immunity to prevent the shingles.An episode of shingles will boost your immunity for a few years by itself. Getting it after an outbreak would not provide much benefit. Doing so a few decades later may be helpful.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Shingles vaccine: Currently the recommendation for shingles vaccine is a single dose to those age 60 or older. However, as we have found with many other vaccines that immunity may wane with time, changes in this recommendation could occur as time goes by and we research what happens 10-20 years down the line......more to come!
A 58-year-old member asked:

What is the earliest age to get shingles vaccine?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Approved at 50 y/o: Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, is approved for those over 50 years of age.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely commented
General Practice 32 years experience
Was 60, NOW 50 yo
May 28, 2012

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