New vaccine for preventing shingles recommended for most adults over age 50

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How effective is the shingles vaccine? Who should get it? Is it recommended even for those who have already had shingles?

ANSWER: A new vaccine, called Shingrix, is now available that's very effective in preventing shingles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 50 and older with a healthy immune system receive this vaccine, whether you've had shingles before or not.

Unlike the other vaccine that's been available for shingles since 2006, called Zostavax, this new vaccine is inactivated. That means it does not contain a live virus. Because of that, it is safe in people who have weakened immune systems. However,...