5 Things to Know About the Shingles Vaccine

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5 Things to Know About the Shingles Vaccine

RxSaver Editors
By RxSaver Editors
Nov 02, 2020
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
illustration of a woman getting her shingles vaccine by a pharmacist.

Americans over the age of 50 are strongly encouraged to get the shingles vaccine to help prevent the virus also known as herpes zoster. The risk of contracting the shingles virus increases as we age and the shingles virus, if contracted, can be painful and possibly lead to other complications.

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illustration of a health care provider administering shingrix shot to a patient sitting on a stool.

How long does the shingles vaccine last?

Protection from the shingles vaccine lasts about five years. The good news is that immunity from the shot will provide you with about 85% protection against shingles even four years after getting the shot.

How often do I need to get the shingles vaccine?

It’s important to keep up to date on your shingles vaccine since protection from the shot only lasts about five years. Be sure to keep medical records of your shingles vaccine or make sure your health care provider keeps track so you don’t miss a vaccine. The shingles shot itself is administered in two separate doses, the second dose typically two to six months after the first dose is administered.

Where can I get the shingles shot?

Many national pharmacies carry the shingles vaccine in-store since it’s a refrigerated shot. Be sure to check RxSaver for free coupons on the common shingles vaccine Shingrix so you can save off the cost of the shot at your nearest pharmacy. To ensure safety, the shingles vaccine should only be administered by a health care professional such as a pharmacist who is certified to administer vaccinations.

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Which shingles shot is the best?

There are currently two shingles shots available: Shingrix and Zostavax. Shingrix is the most recent vaccine to be FDA approved. You can talk to your pharmacist or health care provider about which shot is best for you depending on your health.

Can you still get shingles after getting the shingles vaccine?

While no vaccine is 100% effective there is always a small chance of contracting the virus from a vaccine once it is administered.

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If you find an RxSaver coupon you want to use on your Shingrix vaccine be sure to check with the pharmacy listed on the coupon to ensure the vaccine is in stock. Depending on your state you may need a health care provider’s prescription for the shot.

RxSaver Editors

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RxSaver Editors are wellness enthusiasts who help you learn how you can save the most on prescription medication costs and other health-related topics.

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS., is a pharmacist who earned her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She maintains an active practice, serving as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at a large metropolitan teaching hospital in New York City. Carina has also published in pharmacy journals and works as a consultant reviewing medical articles for publication.

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