ARE YOU AT RISK?

Your Shingles Risk Increases After Age 50, Even if You Feel Healthy Your Shingles Risk Increases After Age 50, Even if You Feel Healthy

Shingles Risk Factors

1 in 3 people will get Shingles in their lifetime. If you're 50 or older and have had chickenpox, you're at increased risk. It doesn’t matter how healthy you feel. The Shingles virus can resurface at any time, even when you least expect it, with a painful, blistering rash. So, if you think you’re at risk, talk to your doctor or pharmacist today about ZOSTAVAX.

Find Out if You’re at Risk

Answer the questions below to get a better understanding of your risk for getting Shingles.

1.How old are you?

2.Have you ever had chickenpox?

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You're at risk for Shingles because you've had chickenpox.

Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for Shingles, because Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Age, especially after 50, increases your risk because your immune system weakens as you get older. There’s no way to predict if or when it will happen to you. But the facts show, as in the graph below, the number of cases of Shingles increases as people get older.

Substantially more cases of Shingles occur as people get older.

Chart: Incidence Rate of Shingles Increases With Age

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist now about your risk and vaccination with ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live).

You're at increased risk for Shingles because you've had chickenpox and you're 50 or older.

Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for Shingles. That’s because Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. And since your immune system weakens as you age (especially after 50), you’re at increased risk. There’s no way to predict if or when it will happen to you. But the facts show, as in the graph below, the number of cases of Shingles increases as people get older.

Substantially more cases of Shingles occur as people get older.

Chart: Incidence Rate of Shingles Increases With Age

There are approximately 1 million cases of Shingles every year in the United States. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist now about your risk and vaccination with ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live).

People who’ve had chickenpox are at risk for Shingles.

Keep in mind: 98% of adults in the United States have had chickenpox. So even if you think you haven’t had chickenpox—or can’t remember—it still may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about Shingles and ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live).

 

Blister

A pocket of fluid that forms under the skin.

 
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Important Safety Information

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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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