If you’re at least 60 years old, make sure you ask your doctor about getting the shingles vaccine, which is effective for at least six years. Studies show the vaccine can cut the risk of shingles by 51 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s most effective in adults between the ages of 60 and 69.
Although federal health officials recommend the shot beginning at age 60, it is approved for anyone at least 50 years old.
Shingles is a very painful rash that often begins with blisters. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Having chickenpox as a child does not mean you will not get shingles. The virus remains in the body’s nerve cells and can reappear years later as shingles.
The older someone is when they contract shingles, the more severe their symptoms can be, according to the CDC.