Frequently Asked Questions

  • SHINGRIX vaccine locator icon

    Shingles is an itchy and painful skin rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). SHINGRIX uses your body’s own immune cells to boost your immune system’s defenses against shingles. It is the only shingles vaccine proven to be up to 90% effective in clinical trials.

  • 99% of adults over 50 years old are at risk for shingles

    If you’re one of the 99% of adults over 50 years old who have had chickenpox, the virus that causes shingles is inside your body and can reactivate at any time. 1 in every 3 people in the US will get shingles in their lifetime. No matter how healthy you feel, your immune system declines as you age, and that puts you at an increased risk for shingles.

  • 1 in 3 people will get shingles

    Yes, your risk for shingles increases as you get older. 1 out of 3 people in the US will get shingles.

  • Shingles is not contagious, but the virus can be spread from a person with active shingles to someone who has never had chickenpox – or was never protected against it. In this case, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox. The virus spreads through direct contact with fluid from the blisters. Once the shingles blisters have developed crusts, they’re no longer contagious.

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    Most insurance plans cover SHINGRIX. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about vaccination.

  • SHINGRIX is up to 90% effective icon

    SHINGRIX is the only shingles vaccine proven to be up to 90% effective in adults 50 years and older in clinical trials.

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    SHINGRIX is given as a 2-dose series, with the second shot administered 2 to 6 months after the first shot. It’s important to receive both shots of SHINGRIX. If you’ve already had your first dose, sign up for voice, email, and text reminders for your second dose.

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    Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, muscle pain, tiredness, headache, shivering, fever, and upset stomach are all common side effects of SHINGRIX. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage injection-site pain.

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    SHINGRIX was not studied in pregnant or nursing women. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.