The best way to protect yourself and others is to get the vaccine. If you are 50 or older, ask your doctor about the vaccine. It can lower your risk of shingles by half and greatly reduce your risk of having long-term pain from a shingles infection.
Other frequently asked questions
If I already had shingles can I still get the vaccine?
The vaccine can still be given even if you have had shingles before.
If I have shingles now, will the vaccine help?
No, the vaccine is not meant to treat shingles.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get the vaccine?
The shingles vaccine is safe for most individuals. If you have a weakened immune system or are taking any medications talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if the vaccine is right for you.
Adverse effects of vaccine
The most common side effects are usually mild and include pain, redness, swelling, itching, warmth and bruising at the site of injection. A small number of individuals also experience headache and pain in an arm or leg.
The vaccine is not covered by my drug plan - is it worth it for me?
Only YOU can determine the value of the vaccine for yourself. Weigh the risk of potential severe pain, vision loss and hospitalization from shingles against the dollar cost and potential side effects of the vaccine.