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Shingles Vaccine


The shingles vaccine is an injection to protect you from the herpes-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is a painful rash that develops in people who had chickenpox. You can get the shingles vaccine even if you do not know if you had chickenpox. If you have had shingles, the vaccine can help prevent another outbreak.


Call 911 if:

  • You have signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, swelling in your throat, or hives.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a high fever or behavior changes that concern you.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about the shingles vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to the area to relieve swelling and pain. If you develop a chickenpox-like rash near the injection site, cover the rash until it goes away.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.