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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group.
Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance.

In brief: Yes

The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group.
Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: That is

The point of the vaccine.

In brief: That is

The point of the vaccine.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Dr. Neil Kudler
However, the shingles vaccine is not 100% effective. The lifetime risk of a 45 year old man who has had chicken pox (same virus as shingles) is about 22%, for women about 32%. The risk increases as we age. Overall, the risk is less than of equal to 1% per year. The vaccine cuts the risk in half and, importantly, helps to decrease the severity for those who do develop shingles after vaccine.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology

In brief: Yes

That is exactly what it is meant to do.
It is recommended for people over the age of 60 and cuts the risk of getting shingles in half.

In brief: Yes

That is exactly what it is meant to do.
It is recommended for people over the age of 60 and cuts the risk of getting shingles in half.
Dr. Arlo Miller
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