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Is there a vaccine available for shingles?

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There is a vaccine available to prevent an outbreak of shingles, according to the Center for Disease Control. The vaccine is designed to reduce a person's risk of developing the disease after they have had chickenpox.

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Is there a vaccine available for shingles?
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The vaccine is only available for people aged 50 or older because the chance of a person getting shingles increases with age. Even people with a previous shingles outbreak can get the vaccine to reduce the chance of another outbreak.

The vaccine is routinely available in doctor's offices all around the United States. It is also available in many pharmacies in select locations. A person interested in the vaccine should talk to their doctor about the possible risks and advantages of it.

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