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A 27-year-old male asked:

how effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60 year old vs a 80 year old?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Effective either age: It should be effective for either.
Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Vaccine efficacy: The efficacy of the vaccine in preventing shingles is higher in ages 60-69 years -- vaccine efficacy is 64%. In patients older than 70, vaccine efficacy is 38%.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a shingles vaccine?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patricia Roy
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: The vaccine has been on the market for several years, but at first, it was only approved for people 60+ years old. It was recently, like last week, approved for use in people 50+. It is one shot, once-in-a-lifetime, as of now, with no recommendation for a booster.
A 75-year-old member asked:

Any problem taking the shingles vaccine?

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Dr. Justin Fuehrer
Dr. Justin Fuehrer answered
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
Not serious: There are sometimes small, localized side effects at the injection site such as redness, tenderness, swelling and potentially a headache. Overall, it is a safe vaccine. But, you should not take it if you are allergic to any of its components or neomycin and gelatin. Also, those who are immunocompromised should not get the vaccine.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to get the shingles vaccine?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Multiple: You can either get it through your providers office, a health department, or a local convenient care establishment.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Which shingles vaccine do doctors recommend?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Zostavax: We recommend Zostavax vaccine indicated for adults over the age of 60
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A 63-year-old female asked:

Is the new shingles vaccine safe

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Appears to be: The approval process for any vaccine takes decades & this one is no exception. The FDA requires a mountain of testing documentation before approving one. About 1/3 of patients will have transient muscle pain, fatigue, headache or other such symptoms. However, this new vaccine seem to protect a higher percentage of patients sooner and for longer than the earlier vaccine.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Agree exactly. In other words, ALL newly approved vaccines in the US are proved safe, typically with thousands of people having received them, before they can be marketed and sold. Extremel rare side effects may show up later, but this is extremely uncommon for any new vaccine.
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