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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