The vaccine has been approved for people 50 or older. The CDC recommends the people aged 60 or older consider getting the shingles vaccine. The vaccine helps reduce the risk of getting shingles by about half. In people who do get shingles it reduces the risk of having ongoing pain from a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia after the rash resolves.
The most common vaccine reactions include redness, pain, or swelling of the area near the injection site. Some people get a rash near the injection site.
There is a certain group of people who should not get the vaccine. This link describes this group and provides lots of info about the vaccine.
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