Shingles Vaccine Age and Eligibility Shingles Vaccine Age and Eligibility

At What Age Should You Get ZOSTAVAX?

If you’re 50 or older and have had chickenpox, the time to get vaccinated may be now. ZOSTAVAX can help prevent Shingles in people 50 or older. It works by boosting your immune system to help protect you from Shingles. And once you reach age 50, the sooner you get vaccinated, the better your chances of protecting yourself from Shingles.

No matter how healthy you feel, your immune system weakens as you age. When that happens, the Shingles virus can reactivate (awaken) and resurface on your skin as the painful, blistering rash of Shingles. This is why your chances of developing Shingles increase as you get older. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ZOSTAVAX.

ZOSTAVAX is approved by the FDA to help prevent Shingles in adults 50 years of age or older.



To become active again. Regarding the virus that causes chickenpox, this means the virus that’s already in your body becomes active again causing Shingles.

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Important Safety Information

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information for ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) and discuss it with your health care professional. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

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