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Reducing Your Risk of Shingles

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent shingles. It is given to people 50 years of age and older.

The vaccine is made of inactivated varicella zoster virus. It is given as a shot under the skin in 2 doses that are 2 to 6 months apart.

The chickenpox vaccine was started for children in the 1980s. It may reduce the chances of them having shingles later in life.


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Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD  Last Updated: 7/8/2021