The shingles vaccine prevents shingles from developing on all parts of the body, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In clinical trials, the shingles vaccine reduced the risk of developing shingles by 51 percent in adults 60 years of age and older.
The shingles vaccine, which provides protection against shingles for at least six years, is recommended for adults aged 60 years and older, states the CDC. Individuals should not receive a shingles vaccine if they have a compromised immune system, are pregnant, or have a history of life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin or other ingredients in the vaccine. Common side effects of the vaccine include redness, swelling, soreness and itching at the injection site.