Is a vaccine available to prevent shingles?

A new shingles vaccine is now available. This product is called Shingrix® (recombinant zoster vaccine). Shingrix is given as a shot in the arm. You should have two shots that are given 2-6 months apart. The vaccine is only a preventive therapy and is not a treatment for those who have already developed shingles. However, if you have had shingles, you can still get the vaccine to prevent further outbreaks.

Due to high levels of demand for GSK’s Shingrix vaccine, providers should anticipate ordering limits and intermittent shipping delays for Shingrix. It is anticipated order limits and shipping delays will continue throughout 2019. GSK increased the US supply available for 2018 and plans to make even more doses available in the US in 2019. Additionally, GSK will continue to release doses to all customer types on a consistent and predictable schedule during 2019.

Who should be vaccinated with Shingrix?

This vaccine is recommended for those 50 years of age and older who are in decent health.

You should get the Shingrix vaccine even if:

  • You have had shingles already
  • You have been vaccinated with an older vaccine called Zostavax® (zoster vaccine live), but you should wait at least 8 weeks after having Zostavax.
  • You do not know for sure if you have ever had chickenpox

Who should not be vaccinated with Shingrix?

  • People who have ever had a severe allergy to this vaccine or any part of this vaccine
  • Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant
  • People who are somewhat ill or very ill

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