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Common questions about the shingles vaccine

May 19, 2022

From the Medical News Today website

Shingles is an uncomfortable condition caused by the same virus responsible for chickenpox. The shingles vaccine is a safe and effective tool that can help prevent the condition in eligible adults. 

The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a DNA virus that belongs to the herpesvirus group. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the VZV can remain dormant or inactive in the body for many years, then reactivate and cause shingles. Also known as herpes zoster, the condition can result in an itchy, painful, blistering rash that lasts for 3–5 weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the Shingrix vaccine for older adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it for individuals aged 18 years and older who have an increased risk of shingles. This vaccine can help provide effective protection against shingles, as well as potential complications of the condition. 

Read on to learn more about who should get Shingrix, when, and more.

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