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Shingles Vaccine Basics

Herpes Zoster

Also known as shingles, this disease can bring about a painful rash. Complications can include severe nerve pain, called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which can last for years after the rash goes away.

Disease Incidence

Almost 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will develop shingles in their lifetime. You can get shingles at any age, but your risk increases with age and with a weakened immune system.

Shingles & Chickenpox

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus stays in your body and can present as shingles later in life.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following frequently asked questions were created following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful rash disease. Complications from shingles can include severe nerve pain, called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which can last for months or years after the rash goes away. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox.

    If you’ve had chickenpox, you can get shingles. Almost 1 in 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. You can get shingles at any age, but it’s more common (and more likely to be severe) in older adults.

    The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years of age and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine, called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), separated by 2-6 months. Individuals 19 years or older who have a weakened immune system may also receive two doses of Shingrix.

Other Recommended Vaccines

Are you up to date on all your vaccines? While getting your shingles vaccine, you can also get vaccinated for COVID-19, RSV, pneumonia, HPV and more.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We’re offering the new COVID-19 vaccine so you can stay up to date with the latest guidance.

RSV Vaccine

Pregnant patients and adults ages 60+ may need a vaccine for RSV prevention.

Pneumonia Vaccine

There are 4 types of pneumonia vaccines to help prevent pneumococcal disease.

HPV Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus is a common STI that may cause various health problems.

Tools & Resources

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