Fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness are common ways people maintain healthy lifestyles as they get older, but one thing often left off to-do lists is adult vaccinations. One in three people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime, but there are vaccines available to help prevent it. Even if you’re in good health, you may still be at risk if you’ve had chickenpox.
The risk of shingles only increases as you get older. 99 percent of people over the age of 50 are infected with the virus that causes shingles. Even once a shingles rash clears up, a person can experience complications. Shingrix is a vaccine indicated for the prevention of shingles in patients 50 years and older. The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses 2 to 6 months apart, to help prevent shingles and related complications.
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