At what age should you get the shingles vaccine? What if I am under 50 years of age and already had shingles disease?

Question: 

At what age should you get the shingles vaccine? What if I am under 50 years of age and already had shingles disease?

Answer: 
The recommended and minimum age for Shingrix® vaccine is adults 50 years of age and older, because a person's risk of shingles increases as they get older. Over two-thirds of shingles cases occur in individuals over 50 years of age. It is important to have strong protection against shingles in your older years. The recommended for adults 50 years of age and older includes those who:
 
  • had shingles disease
  • received Zostavax® II
  • are not sure if they had chickenpox (varicella) infection
The safety and efficacy of the vaccine have not been tested in people younger than 50. If you are concerned about your health and risk of shingles, please speak with your healthcare provider. You will find more information about the shingles vaccine here.
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Feb 01, 2022