Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
Shingrix is a non-live vaccine that helps protect you from getting shingles. It is given in 2 doses. The second dose is given 2 to 6 months after the first dose. You need a second dose to make sure you have long-lasting protection against shingles.
Shingrix was proven to be more than 90% effective in preventing shingles in people over the age of 50 years. It is known to provide good protection for 4 years. Researchers are studying how well Shingrix protects against shingles after 4 years but the results are not yet known.
Yes, the Shingrix vaccine is safe. You cannot get shingles from the vaccine. Vaccines are tested and licensed in Canada before they are given to the public. Every vaccine is tested for safety. Information about side effects is always being collected to maintain safety.
Shingrix vaccine is used to prevent shingles in adults 50 years of age or older. This vaccine does not prevent chicken pox and it cannot be used to treat shingles or shingles nerve pain (post-herpetic neuralgia).
You can get the Shingrix vaccine even if you
You should wait one year from the Zostavax vaccine or an episode of shingles before getting the Shingrix vaccine.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Always tell your healthcare provider if you have an allergy. Before getting the vaccine tell your healthcare provider about any health issues you have, all the medicines you take, and if you have recently had any other vaccine.
Side effects to the vaccine are usually mild to moderate and go away in a few days. They may include:
It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after immunization because people can have a rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Unusual reactions can happen after being immunized. Call Health Link at 811 to report any unusual reactions.
In Alberta, Shingrix is not free. You can buy it from
Alberta Health Services Contracted Immunization Services or you can talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are living outside of Edmonton or Calgary, contact your local public health office to ask how to get vaccine and where you can buy it.
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Who is at risk for shingles?
You are at risk for shingles if you had chickenpox disease in the past. It is also possible to get shingles after chickenpox vaccine, but the risk is very low. The risk is greater as you get older especially if you are over 50 years of age. For most people, the risk of getting shingles is as high as 30%. People over the age of 85 years have almost a 50% risk of getting shingles.
Current as of: October 23, 2018
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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