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    Default New shingles vaccine?

    If you've already received Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, should you be revaccinated with the new improved shingles vaccine that is about to become available?

    This article from NEJM Journal Watch (September 18, 2017) doesn't answer this question, but it's dealing with the GlaxoSmithKline version of the new vaccine:

    According to this article in FiercePharma (June 22, 2017), a rival version of the new herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine is coming from Merck, and people who have previously received Zostavax can be revaccinated with it:

    "With GlaxoSmithKline eager for marketing approval,
    Shingrix passes revaccination test"

    Zostavax is only about 50% effective, and its effectiveness decreases with time. There's a very impressive picture of someone with shingles in the first link--not for the faint of heart.
    MS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2002-2005. Copaxone 6/07 - 5/10.
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    Will ask PCP IN nov visit. Thanks!

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    Do whatever you can to try to avoid getting shingles. You don't want shingles...

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