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Help protect yourself from a painful skin rash caused by a shingles infection. The shingles vaccine is no cost with most insurance. See details.*

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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.*

Research has shown that two doses of Shingrix provide strong protection against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication of shingles, specifically: 

• In adults 50 to 69 years old with normal immune systems, Shingrix was about 97% effective in preventing shingles; in adults 70 years and older, Shingrix was 91% effective.

• In adults 50 years and older, Shingrix was 91% effective in preventing PHN; in adults 70 years and older, Shingrix was 89% effective.

• In adults with weakened immune systems, Shingrix was between 68% and 91% effective in preventing shingles, depending on the adult’s underlying immunocompromising condition.

• In people 70 years and older who had normal immune systems, Shingrix immunity remained high even seven years after being vaccinated.  


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.

Medicare Part B covers preventive care vaccines for flu, COVID-19, pneumonia and hepatitis B at no cost. Medicare Part D covers preventive care vaccines for shingles and Tdap at no cost. Certain other vaccines, such as vaccines used for treatment purposes or vaccines not recommend by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), may be covered with cost sharing. Visit to learn more.

You should not get the Shingrix vaccine if you:

• Have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or after a dose of Shingrix.

• Currently have shingles.

You should wait to get the Shingrix vaccine if you:

• Are currently pregnant.  

• Have a moderate or severe illness, with or without fever. You should probably wait until you recover. If, however, you have a minor illness, such as a cold, you may get the Shingrix vaccine. 


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 many people, the early signs are pain, itching or tingling in the area(s) where a painful skin rash will later appear.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

You should get Shingrix even if you previously:

• Had shingles

• Received Zostavax

• Received the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

There is no maximum age that eliminates the need for getting Shingrix.


They are related because they are caused by the same virus (varicella-zoster virus). Even after a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in the body. Years later, it can reactivate and cause shingles.

Keep in mind, more than 99% of Americans born on or before 1980 have had chickenpox. So even if you don’t remember having the disease, you should talk with your health care provider about getting the Shingrix vaccine. 


  • *FOR DETAILS ON NO-COST SHINGLES VACCINE: Shingles vaccine is no cost with most insurance plans, and available when a certified immunizer is on duty. Age restrictions apply. Available at most CVS Pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® locations. 

  • *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.

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

  • *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.

  • *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.

  • *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.