Shortage of Shingles Vaccine

There is a shortage of the Shingrix vaccine to prevent shingles. Doctors say they can't get any into their offices and there is a waiting list for the vaccine at area pharmacies. The new Shingrix vaccine is recommended for people over the age of 50 and it's reported to be up to 95% at preventing the shingles.

Shingrix is recommended for people even if they received the older vaccine Zostavax which is reported to be only about 55% effective. Shingrix is given in two doses two to six months apart. There are some reported side effects as well such as pain and swelling at the injection site. And many patients report flu like symptoms for a couple of days after the second dose. Doctors say the benefits definitely outweigh the risks.