The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, reports the Washington Post. It is said to provide much greater protection than Zostavax, the shingles vaccine that was approved a decade ago.
The FDA is recommending the vaccine for those age 50 and older, including those who may previously have gotten the Zostavax vaccine. The FDA’s advisory panel voted just 8-7 for approval, but because the vaccine is so much more effective than its predecessor, the Centers for Disease Control is expected to endorse the vaccine by early next year.
For more details, see the Washington Post’s “Expert panel recommends new shingles vaccine that gives increased protection.”
I got the Zostavax vaccine in 2011 and, having had a mild case of shingles many years earlier, urged everyone to do the same. Trust me, you do not want to get shingles. I will be asking my doctor about this new vaccine and, assuming she approves, intend to get it as soon as it becomes available.
I repeat: You do not want to get shingles. If you’re over 50, make it a point to ask your doctor about the new vaccine.