I am 73 & just rec'd my annual free flu shot & my 1st free...

Question: 

I am 73 & just rec'd my annual free flu shot & my 1st free pneumonia shot. When should the pneumonia shot be repeated? Zoster shot in 2017- when should it be repeated? Thanks.

Answer: 

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is usually a one time dose. A 2nd dose of vaccine is only recommended for people with certain medical conditions. Speak with your health care provider to find out if a second dose is needed and when to get it. You can find more info regarding pneumococcal disease here. If you received Zostavax® II, Shingrix® is recommended for adults 50 years of age and older. This includes those who have had shingles disease or received Zostavax® II in the past and those who are not sure if they had chickenpox (varicella) infection in the past. So, the recommendation would be to have Shingrix® which is more effective than the Zostavax® II. You can find more info about shingles here

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