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Had i known about the shingles vaccination B-4 I contracted shingles could I have been inoculated?

By Anonymous October 27, 2013 - 12:25pm
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I am 60.
I am 60.
Thank you for taking the time to read me query & please accept an advance thank you for replying.
Be well,
Laddie Martin

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Hi Anon,


Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for your question. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the vaccine is also approved for use in people ages 50 to 59 years, the CDC isn't recommending the shingles vaccine until you reach age 60.

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles vaccine prevents this reactivation.

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