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

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

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%. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Definition)

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles ...Read more


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56 year old male, no spleen, should I get shingles vaccine?

56 year old male, no spleen, should I get shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Zostavax, the shingles or herpes zoster vaccine, is indicated for adults 60 years and over. Special situations like your cas may probably qualify you to receive it (from 50 years up). In addition, it is important for you to receive the pneumococcal and Meningococcal vaccines. ...Read more

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Should i ask my doctor for the shingles vaccine? I am 54. My 47 year old brother just contracted shingles.

Should i ask my doctor for the shingles vaccine?  I am 54. My 47 year old brother just contracted shingles.

Yes, I would ask.: The fda has approved the vaccine for persons 50 through 59 years of age, but you got to have private insurance to have it covered. Cdc does not have a recommendation for routine use of shingles vaccine in persons 50 through 59 years old. The advisory committee on immunization practices (acip) currently recommends the vaccine in people age 60 years and older, so patients with medicare can get it. ...Read more

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Do you recommend the shingles vaccine I am 63 years old and don 't know if I ever had chicken pox.?

Recommended: It is a good chance that u had chickenpox when u were a youngster. Some had the infection but never had the rash (subclincal diseasr). Zostavax is a live-virus and is effective against shingles, and chickenpox too. The risk of vaccination is small and the benefit can be significant. So, consult your doc for the vaccine, recommended for 60-yrs young and beyond. Good luck. ...Read more

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Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Age 60: CDC recommends Shingles vaccine at 60. The effectiveness of all immunizations wanes with time and if you take the vaccine too early, the protection may wane by the time you need it more. Please consult this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/vaccination.html ...Read more

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Please help? Is the shingles vaccine a one time shot or must you have one each year to be protected?

Please help? Is the shingles vaccine a one time shot or must you have one each year to be protected?

NoClinicalTrial Data: Good question but no clinical trial data exists. Merck, who did all the work to develop the vaccine, did the only clinical trial to date which compared incidence of shingles in people who received real vaccine vs. Just a saline placebo injection. Study: http://www.Merck.Com/product/usa/pi_circulars/z/zostavax/zostavax_pi2.Pdf. ...Read more

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How often should a healthy person get the shingles vaccine--every 5 years?

One dose after 60: The cdc at this time recommends one dose for people over the age of 60. Their investigations into the need for booster shots have not yet shown an advantage, but you might check at 5 year intervals with your doctor or in the literature as time goes by. It is really unpleasant from what i've heard. Best! ...Read more

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Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?

Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?

As of 2011: There was a study to assess this but it was not yet clear how effective it was. It did no harm - si it's not a bad idea - but just how protective it would be was not clear. By now it might be. Ask your provider to check into it for you or just do it. Second recurrences are certainly not a pleasant prospect and they are possible. Discuss w/ Dr. Best! ...Read more

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My 31yr old husband has shingles, should I get the shingles vaccine? I am29. Can i get shingles from him?

My 31yr old husband has shingles, should I get the shingles vaccine? I am29. Can i get shingles from him?

Herpes zoster: This is the same virus that causes chickenpox and if you have had that you may be at risk of getting shingles. If not, you are at risk of getting chickenpox. My advice is to get the vaccine if you can afford it. Even if you have had chickenpox it makes the onset of later shingles less likely. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more