In the U.S., currently 1 million people get shingles every year, and about one out of

every three people will get shingles in their lifetime.


Shingles is a painful localized skin rash that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV)

which is the same virus that causes chickenpox, anyone who has had chickenpox can

develop shingles.


Adults 60 years old or older should talk to their healthcare professional about getting a

one-time dose of the shingles vaccine and to make sure all vaccines are up-to-date with

all recommended vaccinations.



The shingles vaccine is a safe way to protect your health


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


        • Vaccines are tested and monitored. The shingles vaccine was licensed by the

          Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 and CDC and FDA continue to

          monitor vaccines after they are licensed.


        • Vaccines are safe for most people.  The shingles vaccine is safe for you unless

          you are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, or have allergies to certain

          components of the vaccine.  It is safe for people taking most prescription

          medications to get this vaccine, but ask your healthcare professional if you have

          any questions.



Getting vaccinated against shingles and other diseases


        • Talk to your healthcare professional at your next visit about what vaccines are

          right for you.  If your healthcare professional does not offer the vaccines you need,

          ask for a referral so you can get the vaccines elsewhere.


        • Adults can get vaccines at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, community health clinics,

          and health departments.  To find a place to get a vaccine near you, go to


        • Most private health insurance plans cover recommended vaccines.  Check with

          your insurance provider for details and for a list of vaccine providers.  Medicare

          Part D plans cover shingles vaccine, but there may be costs to you depending on

          your specific plan.



All adults should have the following vaccines


        • Flu vaccine every year to protect against seasonal flu

        • Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis

          (whooping cough)

        • Pneumococcal vaccines to protect against serious pneumococcal diseases if you

          are 65 years or older

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