There are two vaccines that are used to lower the risk of shingles. They can also reduce the severity of PHN if you get shingles.

  • Live HSV is advised for people 60 years and older. It is given in a single dose in adults with healthy immune systems.
  • Dead virus is a two shot series. They may be given 2-6 months apart starting at age 50 years old.

The chickenpox vaccine was started for children in the 1980s. It may reduce the chances of them having shingles later in life.

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