TEST QUESTION: Shingles Vaccine


B) 5 years


The vaccine lasts approximately 5 years. Zostavax is approved for adults 50yrs old+. The reason that is is recommended at this age is because this is when the potential for complications from the shingles disease, are most likely. Most specifically, it actually helps prevent & reduce the painful post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) that often accompanies shingles. It actually reduces the likelihood of developing this PHN (if one does still get shingles) by 67%!! The vaccine helps decrease the likelihood of getting shingles by 51%. It is recommended that if you have shingles, to wait at least until the rash is gone before getting vaccinated (although no specific set time to wait).


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