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Top Ten Questions about the Shingles Vaccine

By Linda Fugate PhD
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for everyone age 60 or older, except for those with compromised immune systems. See your doctor for an individualized recommendation.

10. Is is okay to get the shingles vaccine before age 60?

The clinical trials were performed on two age groups: 60 to 69, and 70 or older. While people under age 60 can get shingles, the vaccine has not been tested in this population. Ask your doctor.


1. Oxman MN, “Zoster vaccine: Current status and future prospects”, Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010; 51(2): 197-213.

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Linda Fugate is a scientist and writer in Austin, Texas. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her background includes academic and industrial research in materials science. She currently writes song lyrics and health articles.

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Here's a site with good, comprehensive information about shingles, including causes, symptoms, treatment and those for whom the vaccine works - and a page with a run down of who should get the new shingles vaccine - and who shouldn't.

February 24, 2011 - 2:49pm
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