The risk of developing shingles increases as a person gets older. Adults face approximately a 30 percent risk of developing shingles between the ages of sixty and ninety years. The vaccine is not perfect, but it does decrease that risk by half. Interestingly, the studies show more benefits for those aged sixty to sixty-nine, where the risk was decreased by almost two-thirds. The oldest adults, over age eighty, only had a 20 percent decrease in risk.
- What is shingles and what kind of health problems does shingles cause?
- What kind of vaccine for shingles exists and when is it usually given?
- How serious and how common are the side effects of the shingles vaccine?
- What are the medical reasons to not give the shingles vaccine?
- What is the current overall recommendation for the shingles vaccine?