Is the shingles vaccine advised for people who have already had shingles?

Ask the doctors

Published: July, 2017

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Q. I recently had a mild attack of shingles. Should I still get a shingles shot?

A. We're happy to hear that you've recovered. Since you can have shingles several times, it's a good idea to get vaccinated to protect against future bouts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a one-time vaccination for people who are 60 or older and for some people in their 50s who have certain medical conditions. Make sure your shingles rash has disappeared before you are vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider about the best time to get a shingles shot.

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