In what AGE patient is the shingles vaccine the most cost effective?

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Because the effectiveness of the shingles vaccine appears to decrease over time it is suggested that the vaccine be given once… after age 60.

This is based on the Long-term Persistence Study done by the pharmaceutical company Merck.  The study found a gradual decrease in vaccine effectiveness 6-7 years after vaccination.

Other interested study numbers were that vaccinating with shingles vaccine in patients aged 50-59 would prevent 20,000 shingles cases annually.  But, vaccinating in the patients  60s would prevent 26,000 cases and in the 70s, 21,000 cases.

I agree with their rationale and will suggest shingles vaccine after age 60.

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