NIHSeniorHealth: Shingles FAQ

This page links to frequently asked questions about shingles in older adults. Questions cover why shingles is so painful, and more.

Review Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Protect Yourself Against Shingles: Get Vaccinated

If you are age 60 years or older, ask your doctor about the shingles vaccine.

Review Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease that affects an estimated 2 in every 10 people in the United States. This condition is more common in people with weakened immune systems from HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, transplant operations, and stress.

Review Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

Shingles - National Institute on Aging

Learn about shingles, a disease that affects the nerves and causes pain and skin blisters in adults. If you are 60 or older and have had chickenpox, ask your doctor if the shingles vaccine is right for you.

Review Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Videos on Shingles

Watch three short videos to learn about shingles and what you can do about it.

Review Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers

Zostavax is an FDA licensed vaccine that helps to reduce the risk of getting herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 50 years of age and older.

Review Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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