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The shingles vaccine is recommended for adults aged 50 years and older as a one-time dose. However, some guidelines suggest that it can be administered starting at age 50, with a booster dose recommended later in life. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized recommendations based on your age, health history, and risk factors.

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You typically only need to get the shingles vaccine twice in your lifetime. Here's a breakdown:

  • Age: The CDC recommends adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix [CDC shingles vaccination].
  • Spacing: The two doses are given 2 to 6 months apart.

Important to Note:

  • While the Shingrix vaccine offers strong protection against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), it's not a 100% guarantee.
  • The effectiveness of the vaccine may wane over time, but research is still ongoing to determine the exact duration of protection.
  • Some people may choose to get a booster shot in the future if additional recommendations are made based on further studies.
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