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What you should know about shingles

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What is shingles?

Shingles is a painful skin rash that often appears on one side of the face or body. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over and fully clear up within two to four weeks. 

Why get the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine?

The shingles vaccine helps protect against the painful skin rash that can occur on the body. The rash may also occur on the face, which may be dangerous because it can affect the eye and potentially cause vision loss. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach.

Who should get the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of recombinant zoster vaccine for adults aged 50 and older as well as for those 19 years and older who have weakened immune systems because of disease or therapy. Even if you have received the live zoster vaccine in the past, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated with the recombinant zoster vaccine. There is no maximum age for getting the shingles vaccine.*
Please refer to for the most updated information.

Nearly 1 in 3 adults will develop shingles during their lifetime.

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Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, called varicella zoster (VZV). After a person recovers from chicken pox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in their body. The virus can reactivate later, causing shingles.

If you have shingles, direct contact with the fluid from your rash blisters can spread the virus to people who have never had chicken pox or never received the chicken pox vaccine. If this happens and if they become infected, they will develop chicken pox, not shingles. They could then potentially develop shingles later in life.*

The two-dose shingles vaccine series has been shown to be highly effective in preventing shingles in adults. For the most recent data, please go to

The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the recombinant zoster vaccine, separated by two to six months, to help prevent shingles and the complications from the disease. Some patients aged 19 and older who may be at increased risk of shingles may be eligible for vaccination. Please refer to for the most updated information.

For the most recent recommendations, please refer to

Because the vaccine helps your body create a strong defense against shingles, you are likely to have temporary side effects from getting the shots. You may experience side effects after either dose or after both doses, such as:

  • Redness, soreness or swelling at the site of the vaccination.
  • Tiredness, muscle pain, headache, shivering, fever, stomach pain or nausea.

About one out of six people who receive the vaccine experienced side effects that prevented them from doing regular activities. Symptoms usually go away on their own in about two to three days.*

  • *FOR VACCINATION AVAILABILITY: Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply. Shingles shots are available when certified immunizer or MinuteClinic® practitioner is on duty, while supplies last. Your plan may allow you to receive the vaccine at no cost. A prescription may be needed in certain states.

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  • *FOR WHO SHOULD GET THE SHINGLES VACCINE: US Food and Drug Administration. Package insert – Shingrix. GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. Last updated July 2021. Available at Accessed September 27, 2021.

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  • *FOR PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES: In select states. Visit for details.

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  • *FOR VACCINES OFFERED: Availability varies by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply. Available when certified immunizer or MinuteClinic® health care provider is on duty.

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  • *FOR IS SHINGLES CONTAGIOUS: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shingles (herpes zoster) transmission. Last updated July 1, 2019. Available at Accessed September 27, 2021.

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  • *FOR SHINGLES SIDE EFFECTS: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What everyone should know about the shingles vaccine (Shingrix). Last updated January 25, 2018. Available at Accessed September 27, 2021.

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