Frequently Asked Questions

19. Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes. In May 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine to prevent shingles in people age 60 and older. The vaccine, called Zostavax, is designed to boost the immune system and protect older adults from getting shingles later on. Even if you have had shingles, you can still get the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no maximum age for getting the vaccine, and only a single dose is recommended.

The shingles vaccine is NOT recommended if you have active shingles or pain that continues after the rash is gone.

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The shingles vaccine is available in pharmacies and doctor's offices. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about the vaccine.

To learn more about the vaccine, see "Zostavax: Questions and Answers."