CDC suggests new version of shingles vaccine for people over the age of 50
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A newer shingles vaccine may work even better to prevent the painful rash that comes back from the chicken pox years later.
Now there are newer recommendations on who should get it.
Infectious disease specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say a new version was just recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
This newer vaccine is recommended for a larger group of people than the original vaccine. It’s suggested by the Centers for Disease Control for anyone ages 50 and older.
It's estimated one out of three people will get shingles at some point. The risk goes up 50 percent once you reach age 50.
The new vaccine is given in two injections. It's said to be a bit more effective than the previous one.
It's suggested you ask your doctor about it because about fifteen percent of people who get shingles can have lingering pain as a side effect, even after the rash goes away.
That nerve pain is called PHN.
You can't get shingles from the vaccine.