I had shingles disease and now have post-herpetic neuralgia. Should I get the shingles vaccine?

Question: 

I had shingles disease and now have post-herpetic neuralgia. Should I get the shingles vaccine?

Answer: 

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) happens in one out of five people who get shingles. Those with PHN have severe nerve pain that lasts months to years after the rash has cleared. There should be at least one year between an episode of shingles and the administration of Shingrix®. There is no evidence that the Shingrix® vaccine will have a therapeutic effect for a person with existing zoster (shingles) or post-herpetic neuralgia. Please check with your health care provider regarding the best time for you to receive Shingrix®.

Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Feb 01, 2022