Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Get Shingles Vaccine?

Friday, 21 September 2012 09:03 AM

Question: My local drugstore is advertising the shingles vaccine. Is this shot worth getting?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
If you are over age 50, the shingles vaccine may help you avoid getting shingles. And if you've had shingles, the vaccine is still recommended to help prevent a recurrence. The CDC recommends a single dose of the shingles vaccine for people age 60 and older. Studies have shown that the vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles by about 50 percent, and reduces nerve pain in those who do get shingles. The nerve pain associated with shingles can be very severe. The shingles vaccine is a live virus vaccine and is not for immunosuppressed individuals. Do not get the shingles vaccine if you have a fever, HIVAIDS or any other immune-suppressing disase, if you are taking chemotherapy, or if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant in the next three months

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