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Shingrix (Zoster Vaccine Recombinant, Adjuvanted)

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Shingrix is a non-live, recombinant subunit vaccine designed to prevent herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, in adults aged 50 years and older. It is specifically targeted to boost your immune response against the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which causes chickenpox and can reactivate later in life as shingles. Unlike previous live vaccines, Shingrix is made from a virus component, which is safer for those with weakened immune systems.

This vaccine is acclaimed for its over 90% effectiveness in preventing shingles and long-term nerve pain known as postherpetic neuralgia, which is the most common complication of the disease. The enhanced benefit of Shingrix is its sustained efficacy, which remains at about 85% for four years post-vaccination.

Before you buy Shingrix, it is crucial that you talk to your healthcare provider about potential side effects and Shingrix cost.

Fact Table
Formula Not applicable (Vaccine)
License FDA approved
Bioavailability Not applicable (Vaccine)
Legal status Prescription Drug
Chemical Name Zoster Vaccine Recombinant, Adjuvanted
Elimination half-life Not applicable (immunization effect)
Dosage (Strength) 50 mcg of glycoprotein E and AS01B adjuvant
Pregnancy Not recommended
Brands Shingrix
Protein binding Not applicable (Vaccine)
Routes of administration Intramuscular

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Shingrix is administered as an intramuscular injection, typically given in the upper arm. The vaccination course consists of two doses:

First Dose: Administer the initial dose at your starting appointment.

Second Dose: The follow-up dose should be given two to six months after the first dose.

It is important to complete the two-dose regimen to achieve optimal protection against the virus. If more than six months have elapsed since the first dose, the second dose should still be administered without needing to restart the series.

Consult with your healthcare provider to schedule your doses and discuss any specific health conditions that might affect the timing of vaccination.


The main active ingredient in Shingrix is the glycoprotein E antigen of the varicella-zoster virus, which is combined with an adjuvant system (AS01B) to enhance the immune response.


Shingrix shot is approved for use in individuals 50 years of age and older.

Individuals with compromised immune systems, either due to medical conditions or medications, should consult their healthcare provider before receiving Shingrix.

There is limited data on the use of Shingrix in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

Do not receive Shingrix if you have a known allergy to any component of the vaccine.


There are no specific medications or treatments known to interact negatively with Shingrix. However, immunosuppressive therapies might reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. Discuss with your healthcare provider if you are undergoing immunosuppressive therapy, including recent cancer treatments, high-dose corticosteroids, or other immune-modifying drugs. Shingrix can be administered concomitantly with influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, but at a different site or different limb.

Side Effects

Most side effects of Shingrix are mild and resolve within a few days. Common side effects include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Shivering
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions about Shingrix

What are the side effects of Shingrix?

Common side effects of Shingrix include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, shivering, fever, and stomach pain.

How soon do side effects start after Shingrix?

Side effects can start as soon as you receive your dose. While they won’t happen to everyone, pain, discoloration, and swelling at the injection site can appear right away.

What happens if you don’t get the second Shingrix shot?

If you miss the second Shingrix shot, you might not be fully protected from shingles and its complications. The second shot helps your body fight off shingles better and for a long time.

How many years does the Shingrix shot last?

The effects of the Shingrix vaccine last for at least four years in most people and may last even longer in some.

How effective is one dose of Shingrix?

Preliminary data suggests that one dose of Shingrix is 90.8% effective in preventing shingles in those aged between 50 and 69 years old, and 69.5% effective in those 70 years of age and older.

When to get the second Shingrix shot?

You should get the second dose of Shingrix 2 to 6 months after you gave the first dose.

How long do Shingrix side effects last?

The median duration of time that the side effects for the Shingrix vaccine last is 2 to 3 days.

How is Shingrix administered?

Shingrix should be injected intramuscularly in the deltoid region of the upper arm.

Can Shingrix cause blood clots?

While shingles itself has been associated with an increased risk of stroke and other blood clot events, there’s no direct evidence to suggest that the Shingrix vaccine causes blood clots.

Can you get Shingrix and flu shot together?

Yes, Shingrix can be administered with other inactive or live vaccines, including the flu vaccine.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.