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To help prevent shingles, the NIH recommends:
- At ages 50 to 59, the Zostavax vaccine is FDA-approved for preventing shingles, but many experts suggest waiting until age 60.
- At ages 60 and older, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests most people get the vaccine, even if they’ve already had shingles. The vaccine can protect against post-herpetic neuralgia, one of the most serious complications of shingles.
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