Do I need the vaccine if I had shingles?


Yes, it is still recommended that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 even if you have had shingles in the past. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you from getting COVID-19, which can cause severe illness, hospitalization, and even death. While having had shingles in the past may offer some level of protection against getting COVID-19, it is not known how much protection it provides. Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, including its severe forms.

It is important to note that there may be some precautions or special considerations for getting vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have a history of shingles or other medical conditions. Therefore, it is always best to consult with your healthcare provider to discuss your specific situation and any potential risks or benefits of getting vaccinated.

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