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shoud i get a shingles vaccine this yr?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
43 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on your age, your medical condtition and your indication for this immunization. It is generally recommended for those 60 and over but is now being given to those 50 and over. Those with immunosuppression, lymphoid diseases and certain cancers, transplants etc are usually excluded. Talk to your pcp or pharmacist about this. It's a great immunization. Shingles is a bad deal!
Answered on Jun 24, 2018
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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
39 years experience Pain Management
Yes.: The shingles vaccine is indicated for anyone over the age of 50 or if you are at higher risk for development of shingles, such as having some form of immune compromise. The shingles vaccine will not only decrease you chances of getting shingles but, more importantly in my mind, significantly decreases your chances of getting post-herpetic neuralgia, a miserable post-shingles pain condition.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013

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