What Should We Know about The New Shingles Vaccine?

Q:
What should we know about the new shingles vaccine?

A:
Shingrix is different from Zostavax in preventing this painful, blistering disease.

Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and a painful complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in all age groups. However, Zostavax only lowers the rates of getting shingles by 51%, and of PHN by 67%. It’s even less effective in people ages 70 and older.

Shingrix causes more side effects than Zostavax. The main side effects reported are soreness, redness, and swelling where you get the shot, they are temporary and usually last 2 to 3 days. People who had severe allergic reaction or who is pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t get Shingrix.

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