Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can a Second Shingles Shot Harm Me?

Friday, 26 Apr 2013 05:25 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am 81 years old and am not sure whether or not I have had the shingles vaccine. Would it harm me if I had another shot?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Shingles vaccine is really just a weakened version of the chickenpox virus, and is used to prevent shingles. If you are not sure whether you have been vaccinated in the past, you would be wise to be vaccinated now. This vaccine is recommended for those over the age of 50 and booster shots are not recommended.
 
It is not known how long the immunity lasts when patients receive this vaccine under the age of 50. In the event you get a second shot, it is not likely to cause harm, but may cause some minor redness or swelling.
 

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