Joseph F. Sullivan Center


Zoster vaccine: prevents shingles, herpes zoster

  • You should receive the 1 dose vaccine for varicella zoster if you are older than 50 and want to prevent shingles.
  • What is shingles? A virus caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same one that causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, the virus lies dormant (inactive) in the body. The virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles. Most cases of shingles occur among men and women older than 60. Shingles is characterized by a painful skin rash, typically on one side of the body. Other symptoms include headache, fever, chills and upset stomach. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, hearing and vision problems, encephalitis and even death. Only people who have had chickenpox are at risk for shingles. 
    • Almost 1 out of every 3 persons in the U.S. will develop shingles
    • At least 1 million people in the U.S. get shingles each year.
Click here for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement about the Zoster Vaccine