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.
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