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Flu and Shingles Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Flu Vaccine


Shingles Vaccine

Flu causes fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, muscle aches, and tiredness


Shingles causes a painful rash with blisters

Some people develop serious complications, such as pneumonia


Some people have long-lasting skin and nerve pain even after the rash clears up

70 to 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in those ages 65 and older

Older Adults

The risk of getting shingles and having complications rises as you get older

Flu shots reduce flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths


A newer form of the vaccine, called Shingrix, is more than 90 percent effective at preventing shingles

All adults

Who Needs It

Adults ages 50 and older, even if you already had shingles before

Once every year, ideally by late October

When to Get It

Two doses, given two to six months apart*

*Shingrix is in high demand. This has led to shortages at times. Call ahead to see if it’s in stock. Put your name on a list if there’s a wait.

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