In 2006, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended shingles vaccine (Zostavax®) for people age 60 years and older to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain. Your risk for developing shingles increases as you age. Even people who have had shingles can receive the vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.
The vaccine has also been approved by the FDA for use in 50-59 year olds. However, the CDC does not have a recommendation for its use in this age group.
Shingles vaccine is available in pharmacies and doctor's offices. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about shingles vaccine.
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