The good news is that vaccination reduces the risk of developing shingles by more than 90 percent among individuals 50 and older with healthy immune systems. If someone develops shingles after receiving of the vaccine, the severity is typically much less, Dr. Lau says.
“The complications are very preventable,” he adds.
The vaccine is safe and prompts the body to create a strong defense against the disease. As a result, recipients are likely to experience temporary symptoms from getting the shot that may affect their ability to do normal daily activities for a few days, according to the CDC.
Most people get a sore arm with mild or moderate pain after getting the vaccine, and some people also experience redness and swelling where they receive the shot. Other symptoms can include fatigue, muscle pain, headache, shivering, fever, stomach pain and nausea. Some people experience side effects that temporarily prevent them from doing regular activities. Symptoms resolve in two to three days and are more common in younger people.
If you have any questions, Dr. Lau says, be sure to speak with your physician or other qualified health care provider.
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