Shingles Vaccine Dosing
For the prevention of shingles, people 50 years old and older are generally given 0.65 mL of the shingles vaccine. Dosing is the same for everyone, regardless of age, weight, or existing medical conditions. Studies show that a single shingles vaccine dose can help prevent shingles for at least four years.
There is only one standard dose of the shingles vaccine (Zostavax®), regardless of your age, weight, or other medical conditions or medications.
The shingles vaccine is given as an injection just under the skin of the upper arm. The amount of the vaccine injected is small, just 0.65 mL. Currently, only one dose of the shingles vaccine is recommended, but it is possible that a "booster" vaccination may be recommended in the future. Studies have shown that the shingles vaccine helps prevent shingles for at least four years; it is not known if it will work longer.
The shingles vaccine is approved only for individuals age 50 and older.
Considerations for people getting the shingles vaccine include the following:
- The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection, just under the skin of the upper arm.
- It does not matter if you receive your shingles vaccine injection on a full or empty stomach.
- If your healthcare provider recommends it, you may get your flu vaccine at the same visit.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you are sick or not feeling well before the vaccine, as it may be best to postpone it until you are feeling better.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your shingles vaccine dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.