How long does the shingles vaccine stay effective?

herpes zoster day 3

herpes zoster day 3

… that depends on your health history.

If you have an autoimmune disease, the protection against the shingles infection wanes about 5 years after receiving the shingles vaccine.  The most common autoimmune diseases in this research project was rheumatoid arthritis (40%), psoriasis (33%), inflammatory bowel disease (20%), and then other assorted autoimmune problems.

There is a long-term Shingles Prevention Study which is watching how effective the shingles vaccine is in different patient populations.

Shingles cases among UNvaccinated patients is about 1.33 cases per 100 person-years.  Vaccinated patients had about half the risk of shingles compared to nonvaccinated patients.  The researchers are looking into the benefit from a booster vaccine after initial vaccination, when this should be given, and if this is effective at preventing herpes zoster.

I’ll keep you posted.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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