Harvard Women's Health Watch

Do I need a shingles vaccine booster?

Ask the doctors Q. Iíve read that the Zostavax vaccine is effective for about five years. Does that mean I will need a booster shot? A. Zostavax is a vaccine to protect against shingles, a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. If you had chickenpox as a child, the virus can linger in your body and re-emerge, typically in later adulthood, as shingles, a painful body…

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