The Vaccines.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites provide information on the shingles vaccine. The CDC recommends that anyone 60 years old or older receive the shingles vaccine because the risk of developing shingles increases with age as does the risk of developing long-term nerve pain following a shingles infection. It is a one-time vaccine, states Vaccines.govContinue Reading
Mayo Clinic also provides information regarding the shingles vaccine, according to the website. Individuals receive the injection in the upper arm. The most common side effects are pain, swelling, redness and itching at the site of the injection. Headaches are another side effect. Some people develop a rash similar to that of chickenpox following the vaccine.
People who receive the shingles vaccine may still develop shingles, but they are less likely to develop long-term nerve pain following a shingles outbreak, explains WebMD. Post-herpetic neuralgia is extremely painful and can last for weeks, months or years in unvaccinated individuals.
Certain people should not receive the shingles vaccine, states Mayo Clinic. These include people with weakened immune systems; people who are allergic to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or any other components of the vaccine; people with cancers that affect the bone marrow or lymphatic system; people receiving treatments that suppress the immune system; and women who are pregnant or attempting to conceive.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins