On call: More on the shingles vaccine

On call

More on the shingles vaccine

Published: July, 2007

Q. Your article on new immunizations for adults was very helpful. I already got my booster for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, but even though I'm 61, my doctor didn't want to give me the shingles vaccine because I've already had shingles. Should I get the vaccine?

A. It's a good question, but there is not enough information to answer it fully, since the new vaccine against herpes zoster, or shingles, has not yet been tested in people who have already had shingles.

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