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Howlikelyam I to get shingles?

It's estimated around 1 in 4 people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life.

It is not fully understood why the shingles virus reactivates in some people and not others, but it is thought to be due to a weaker immune system.

The immune system weakens with age and so the chance of developing shingles increases as we get older. It is most common and tends to be more severe in people aged over 70 years.1

1. van Hoek et al. Estimating the cost-effectiveness
of vaccination against herpes zoster in England and Wales.
Vaccine.2009; 27: 1454-1467.
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By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
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