Are you older than 50? Get your Shingrix!

Are you older than 50?  Get your Shingrix!

What is Shingrix?  It is the “new” shingles vaccine.  Shingrix, also called recombinant zoster vaccine, is a rockstar of vaccines.

It decreases shingles infections

  • For those 50-59 years, Shingrix decreases shingles by 96%
  • For those 60 to 69 years, Shingrix decreases shingles by 97%
  • For those 70 and older, Shingrix decreases shingles by 91%.

It also decreases postherpetic neuralgia, the medical term for long-term nerve pain where the shingles rash was.  This can continue after the rash has cleared.

  • For those 50 to 69 years,  Shingrix decreases postherpetic neuralgia by 89%
  • For those 70 and older, Shingrix decreases postherpetic neuralgia by 89%

The FDA suggests that if you received Zostavax in the past, you should get the Shingrix vaccine.  In comparison, Zostavax is only 51% effective in preventing shingles and 67% effective in preventing long-term nerve pain.

Want more information? https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/p539.html

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About drlesliegreenberg

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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