Do I need the new shingles vaccine if I had the old one?

Is the old shingles shot still effective?

Protection from shingles vaccine lasts about 5 years. While the vaccine was most effective in people 60 through 69 years old, it also provides some protection for people 70 years old and older.

How long is the new Shingrix vaccine good for?

The effects of the Shingrix vaccine last for at least four years in most people and may last even longer in some. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you do not need a booster dose after getting the two doses of Shingrix.

What happens if you miss the second shingles shot?

Generally, you should get it as soon as possible if you happen to miss your second dose. Officially, the CDC says doses can be given up to six weeks apart. But even if you receive the shot weeks, or even months, afterward, it will still provide immunity.

Which is better Shingrix or Zostavax?

Is Shingrix or Zostavax better? Shingrix is more effective than Zostavax. Shingrix is 97% effective at preventing shingles in adults aged 50 to 69 years old whereas Zostavax is only 70% effective at preventing shingles in the same age group.

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Are both doses of Shingrix the same?

SHINGRIX is given as a 2-dose series, with the second shot administered 2 to 6 months after the first shot. It’s important to receive both shots of SHINGRIX.

Is second Shingrix shot worse than first?

Dear J.G.: Compared with the previous one-time vaccine Zostavax, the new two-dose Shingrix vaccine is much more effective. However, it does have a higher risk of side effects. You have had the most common side effect, though only 10 percent of people will have symptoms as bad as yours.

What are the chances of getting shingles after vaccine?

The vaccine is more than 85 percent effective for at least the first four years after vaccination. It is possible to get shingles after being vaccinated since no vaccine is 100 percent effective. However, the vaccine can considerably reduce the risk and intensity of shingles episodes.

What happens if I only get one shingles vaccine?

If you received one dose of the Shingrix® vaccine but a shortage kept you from getting your second dose – a painful case of shingles still could be in your future. The makers of Shingrix claim its protection is sustained at a high level for at least four years – but only if you get both doses two to six months apart.

Why do you need 2 doses of Shingrix?

Two doses of Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication of shingles. In adults 50 to 69 years old who got two doses, Shingrix was 97% effective in preventing shingles; among adults 70 years and older, Shingrix was 91% effective.

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Can you get the Shingrix vaccine every 5 years?

A: Studies confirmed that Shingrix was safe and immunogenic when administered 5 or more years after Zostavax. Intervals shorter than 5 years have not been studied. However, there are no data or theoretical concerns to indicate Shingrix would be less safe or effective when given less than 5 years after Zostavax.